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Auction 142, Lot 268

"Caroline Meridionale, avec les Parties adjacentes: pour servir a l'Intelligence des mouvemens des armees Americaines et Britanniques", Ramsay, David

Subject: South Carolina

Period: 1787 (published)

Publication: Histoire de la Revolution d'Amerique

Color: Black & White

16.4 x 14.4 inches
41.7 x 36.6 cm
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Handsome and important map of South Carolina showing the major rivers and streams but little other topographical information. The map instead focuses on the military action of the American Revolution with various battles, advances, routes and retreats noted by means of dotted lines. In the west is a boundary marked Anciennes Limites des Cherokees, and further west another boundary isolates a couple of Villes basses des Cherokees.

During the Revolutionary war the British made one last major effort in 1780-81, invading South Carolina (and remote Georgia) in the hopes of rallying enough Loyalists to break off the southern states. Realizing they had failed, the British moved their army to Yorktown, Virginia where, after succumbing to Washington and his army along with the French army, the opposing sides met to draft the Articles of Capitulation surrendering York and Gloucester to the victorious Continental Army.

David Ramsay was one of the first major historians of the American Revolution. This map, engraved by French royal geographer Charles Picquet, is from the first French edition of Ramsay's account of the war where he participated as a field commander and surgeon. He was twice elected to the Continental Congress from South Carolina.

References: Wheat & Brun #597.

Condition: B

Issued folding on watermarked paper with light offsetting and a few small spots. The right margin is trimmed close to the neatline with small loss of neatline at top, and there is a small ink notation in the bottom right corner of the map.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $450

Closed on 11/28/2012