Auction 124, Lot 151

"Carte de la Virginie et du Mariland", Bertholon, C.

Subject: Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1799 (published)

Publication: Atlas moderne portatif

Color: Hand Color

Size:
8.5 x 6.8 inches
21.6 x 17.3 cm

This unusual map of the Mid-Atlantic region exhibits some very odd boundaries. Maryland is an ill-defined wedge between Virginia and Pennsylvania and does not extend beyond the Allagany Montagnes. Maryland's most prominent settlement is St. Marie, the colony's first capital. Delaware is named Delaware Cte. and Alexandria is also called Belhaven. Many interesting areas are located including the Tabaco Mtns, Jamestown, and Annapolis. This map is similar to Joseph de Laporte's 1780 map of the same title with a simpler cartouche and a change in the Atlantic Ocean from Possessions Angloises to Etats Unis reflecting the French support for American independence.

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Condition: A

A nice impression with paper professionally and seamlessly added to the right binding side to facilitate framing. There is some faint script on the verso that is the same approximate age as the map.

Estimate: $200 - $275

Sold for: $325

Closed on 5/7/2008

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