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Auction 144, Lot 96

"Esquisse du Muskinghum [on sheet with] Esquisse du Sioto [and] Esquisse de la Riviere du Grand Castor", Crevecoeur, Michel Guillaume De

Subject: Ohio River

Period: 1787 (published)

Publication: Lettres d'un Cultivateur Americain

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 9 inches
52.1 x 22.9 cm
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Interesting map from a French edition of Crevecoeur's important early collection of essays (Letters from an American Farmer). The sheet contains three separate maps showing the Indian villages in the region of the Ohio River. Engraved by Pierre Francois Tardieu. At upper left above neatline is "Tome IIIme. Page 413."

Crevecoeur was a French-born surveyor who settled in New York, where he produced this classic collection of twelve essays that reflected on the nature of American life, particularly its customs and manners. His description of bountiful American lands spurred many French people to immigrate to America. Howes says that Crevecoeur's work is a: "Description of American life of great influence in attracting European immigration in the post-revolutionary period. As literature unexcelled by any American work of the eighteenth century."

References: Howes #C883.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, and now flattened, on thick hand-laid watermarked paper with light soiling and minor extraneous creasing.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $160

Closed on 4/3/2013