Auction 126, Lot 178

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

Subject: United States - Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1799 (published)

Publication: Atlas moderne portatif

Color: Black & White

8.8 x 7 inches
22.4 x 17.8 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, but with a simpler cartouche and a change in the Atlantic Ocean from Possessions Angloises to Etats Unis reflecting the French support for American independence.


Condition: B+

Folding as issued. With a trace of toning along one fold line. Very early, dark impression.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $190

Closed on 12/3/2008