Auction 135, Lot 180

"Part of North America, comprehending the Course of the Ohio, New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Carolina & Georgia", Cary, John

Subject: Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1782 (dated)

Publication: Complete Geographical Dictonary

Color: Hand Color

11.5 x 8.3 inches
29.2 x 21.1 cm

A finely engraved map based on the larger map by Didier Robert de Vaugondy (McCorkle 755.37). This great Revolutionary War period map was produced in the tenuous time some British troops were still in the Colonies and before the final treaty. Made between Cornwall's surrender at Yorktown in 1781 and the Preliminary peace articles accomplished in Paris at the end of November, 1782. The Treaty of Paris and Treaties of Versailles were signed on September 3, 1783 with the last troops departing New York in November. The map is filled with detail of early settlements, Indian villages, and topography. The colonies extend to the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, with North Carolina shown in an unusual, skinny configuration. The top left of the map is filed with the inset "Supplement to Carolina" which extends the map through South Carolina and part of Georgia on the same scale. With an oval title cartouche at lower right in the Atlantic. Carries the imprint "Published Jany. 19, 1782, by J. Fielding, No. 23, Pater-noster Row" below the neatline and "J. Cary sculpt." below the cartouche. Beside being published in Seally's Dictionary, the map was included in Michael Adam's New Royal Geographical Magazine and in his 1794 New Royal System of Universal Geography. It was also included in the 1795 edition of Guthrie's Universal Geography Improved, but with Cary's name and imprint removed. A scarce issue.

References: McCorkle 782.9.

Condition: A+

A very fine example with full, original margins and an early, dark impression. A small area of paper thinness visible in the Atlantic when held to the light.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/16/2011