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Auction 132, Lot 267

"Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique de Michigan", Buchon, Jean Alexandre

Subject: Michigan

Period: 1825 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Geographique…

Color: Hand Color

24.2 x 18 inches
61.5 x 45.7 cm

This fine, early map of Michigan Territory is from the French edition of the Carey and Lea atlas. The western boundary is shown on a line 10° 30' West Longitude from Washington, resulting in Green Bay and a strip of present-day Wisconsin being incorporated into Michigan. The Frontiere Indienne divides lower Michigan on a diagonal line. The only settlements shown are in the southeast around Detroit, and along the Saginaw River is a Nouveaux Establissements. The initial counties of Michilimakinak, Monroe, Oakland, DeWayne and Macomb are named but not delineated. There is a road depicted from Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Mt. Clemens. The rest of the territory is virtually blank except for a few portages and Indian villages. Several battlegrounds from the War of 1812 are located by tiny flag symbols. The map measures 10.5 x 14" and is flanked by panels of French text providing a detailed history of the region with the total population of 8,496 divided among seven counties.

References: Karpinski (FC) #98.

Condition: A+

Very nice example on thick, bright paper.

Estimate: $550 - $650


Closed on 6/2/2010