Auction 139, Lot 103

"A General Map of North America Drawn from the Best Surveys", Reid, John

Subject: North America

Period: 1795 (dated)

Publication: An Historical Geographical and Philosophical View…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
18 x 14.3 inches
45.7 x 36.3 cm

This uncommon map of presents a fine view of the developing cartography of North America. Alaska is still a bit misshapen, but much of the northwest coast is beginning to take shape. Juan de Fonca's Inlet appears in the general vicinity of Seattle and there is no Vancouver Island. Two large, unnamed lakes appear in the otherwise blank western part of the United States and the Stony Mountains make an early appearance for the Canadian Rockies. The discoveries of Hearne and Mackenzie are shown in the Arctic. The United States are confined east of the Mississippi where 15 states are identified. Maine is not named and is given a very squat shape. The map was engraved by John Scoles. This is the first state published by Smith, Reid, and Wayland.

References: Wheat [TMW] #233; Wheat & Brun #56.

Condition: B+

Issued folded, now flattened with some tissue reinforced folds. The binding trim at lower right has been extended to better accommodate framing and a short binding tear that just enters the border has been repaired.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/15/2012

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