Auction 126, Lot 175

"A General Map of the Middle British Colonies in America…", Bowles, Carrington

Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1771 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

25.3 x 19.3 inches
64.3 x 49 cm

This is the third issue (first state) of Carrington Bowles pirated version of Lewis Evans' seminal map of the Middle British colonies, which is one of the landmarks of American cartography. It illustrates the region from Montreal and the lower end of Lake Huron to the North Carolina border, and from the Falls of the Ohio to Narragansett Bay, with an inset of the Ohio River valley. Evans' map contributed enormously to the cartographic knowledge of the Ohio Valley, the region that was at the center of friction between England and France during the French and Indian War. The map is filled with information and notations concerning the hunting grounds and ranges of the Indians. It was published by Carrington Bowles with his imprint below the cartouche - Printed for Carington Bowles at No. 69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London, Publish'd Jan. 1, 1771.

References: McCorkle #771.3; Steven & Tree #29c; Sellers & Van Ee #716.

Condition: B+

Sharp impression and fine original color with a hint of toning along the centerfold, else every good.

Estimate: $2,300 - $2,750

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 12/3/2008