Auction 127, Lot 218

"A Map of the North Western Territory", Morse, Jedidiah (Rev.)

Subject: Midwestern United States

Period: 1796 (published)

Publication: Morse's American Universal Geography

Color: Black & White

9.5 x 7.3 inches
24.1 x 18.5 cm

This early and fascinating map primarily describes the area between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, detailing watershed and many forts. Indian lands ceded to the United States as part of the Treaty of 1795 are identified in Ohio. A huge area "Extensive High Plains" appears in northern Michigan. The fictitious Bellin-Charlevoix islands are shown in Lake Superior, the "Indian Line" is delineated and the Connecticut and Virginia Lands are identified. The Mississippi River is labeled "Sources Unknown." The Missouri River is "Said to be navigable 1300 Miles." Frontier villages include S. Louis, Tawas, and Kaskaskias. A copper mine is noted in today's Upper Peninsula. Only four of the Great Lakes are shown with Ontario off the map. On the southwest shore of Illinois Lake is "Old Priorias F & V." An early map that was published in Boston by Thomas & Andrews. Engraved by S. Hill.

References: Wheat & Brun #679.

Condition: B

Some light areas of foxing or staining. Short tear enters border at bottom, closed. Shows well.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $190

Closed on 2/25/2009