Catalog Archive
Auction 150, Lot 251

"Carte de l'Ile de Nantucket, pour les Lettres d’un Cultivateur Ameriquain", Crevecoeur, Michel Guillaume De

Subject: Nantucket, Massachusetts

Period: 1787 (published)

Publication: Lettres d'un Cultivateur Ameriqain

Color: Black & White

11 x 8 inches
27.9 x 20.3 cm

This early copper engraved map of Nantucket includes a legend identifying thirty-two different sites. In addition to the detail in the legend, the map locates Sherburn, Full Mill and Isle de Tuckanuck. Engraved by Pierre Francois Tardieu.

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: Phillips (M) p. 457; Howes #C883.

Condition: B+

Faint offsetting and a few minor spots with a short binding tear confined to the right blank margin. Issued folding.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700


Closed on 9/17/2014