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Auction 151, Lot 116

"A Correct Chart of the East Coast of North America Engraved for Malham's Naval Gazetteer", Malham, John (Rev.)

Subject: Eastern United States & Canada

Period: 1795 (dated)

Publication: Malham's Naval Gazetteer

Color: Black & White

7.4 x 9.4 inches
18.8 x 23.9 cm

This handsome chart traces the coast of the young United States north to Canada. Although no borders are shown, a majority of the early states are named, including Vermont and Kentucke, the latest additions to the nation at the time of publication. Numerous towns and major cities, Indian tribes, harbors, sounds, banks, and more are located. The name Indiana appears despite the fact that the map pre-dates the creation of the Indiana Territory in 1800. A note by Salvador or Guanahani (San Salvador) in the Bahamas reads, "First Land seen by Columbus 1492." There is a compass rose capped with fleur-de-lis in the Atlantic that radiates rhumb lines. The chart was engraved by Neele for Rev. John Malham (1747-1821), a writer and teacher of navigation, for a British edition of The Naval Gazetteer; or, Seaman's Complete Guide.

References: McCorkle (18th C. Geography Books) #251, Vol. I-5.

Condition: A

Issued folding with a hint of offsetting and minor toning along sheet's edges.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $75

Closed on 11/19/2014