Auction 129, Lot 145

"Etats-Unis de l'Amerique Septentrionale avec les Isles Royale, de Terre Neuve, de St. Jean, l'Acadie &c.", Delamarche, Charles Francois

Subject: Colonial United States & Canada

Period: 1785 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Universal

Color: Hand Color

25 x 18.5 inches
63.5 x 47 cm

This handsome map covers the newly created United States and extends to take in much of the Louisiana Territory and part of New Mexico. It also extends to show parts of eastern Canada and the Bahamas. Detail along the Rio del Norte includes Taos and Santa Fe. It identifies many Indian villages and tribal territory. There are extensive notes throughout regarding early explorers such as De Soto and La Salle, Indian nations, forts and other points of early interest. One of the most intriguing features of the map is the text block, which lists the original 13 states with their capitals and also ten new states proposed in the Jeffersonian Ordinance of 1784 - Silvania, Michigania, Chersonesus, Arsenistpia, Metropotamia, Illinoia, Saratoga, Washington, Polypotamia, and Pelisypia. This is the first reference on any map to Michigan as applying to a land division of the United States. The title cartouche has a nautical theme.

References: Karpinski (MI) #CIII; McCorkle #785.5; Seller & Van Ee 187.

Condition: B+

Some light surface soil and extraneous creases, else very good. The margins have been trimmed, but are still more than adequate, and there is some old tape stain of the verso edges, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/23/2009