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Auction 135, Lot 159

"Charte uber die XIII vereinigte Staaten von Nord-America…", Gussefeld/Homann Heirs

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1784 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 17.5 inches
57.2 x 44.5 cm

First edition of this fine and often under-appreciated map of the colonies. It is a very early, large map of the newly formed United States of America delineating nine of the newly formed states. The map extends west past the Mississippi River and north to the southern tip of Hudson Bay, but the focus of the map is on the United States. The southern states are shown with their western boundaries on the Mississippi River, although the coloring shows only regions east of the Appalachians as being organized. The lands to the West of the Mississippi River are labeled as either Louisiana or Mississippi. Locates Walker's Establishment in 1750 (Kentucky), Massachusetts here is the Province of Massachusetts Bay and neither Maine or Vermont have been organized. As with many German maps of the period, there are some incorrect state boundaries; Vermont is shown as part of New Hampshire, and Maryland includes much of northern Virginia. A list of the principal German communities in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are listed. The interior regions are shown with considerable topographical detail, locating numerous Indian tribes and watershed. The uncolored, as issued, garland-style title cartouche is topped with a hat and crossed swords. The French title is outside top neatline: Les XIII Etats Unis de l' Amerique Septentrionale…

References: McCorkle #784-7; Sellers & Van Ee #757.

Condition: B+

On thick hand laid paper with an enormous fleur-de-lis watermark. A water stain in the margin at lower right.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $650

Closed on 2/16/2011