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Auction 151, Lot 140

"Part of the United States of North America", Stockdale, John

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1798 (dated)

Publication: Travels Through the States of North America

Color: Black & White

18.4 x 16.2 inches
46.7 x 41.1 cm

This map of the young United States is filled with great information on early development including roads and settlements. It comes from Isaac Weld's Travels Through the States of North America, first published in 1799. The map covers from the Province of Main through North Carolina with a large inset of South Carolina and Georgia. West of the states are the Western Territory and Kentucky. The villages of "Christian Indians" are located by numerous large icons.

A member of the Irish gentry, Isaac Weld traveled to North America as a young man in search of adventure. He visited the settled regions of the eastern seaboard and then ventured into the hinterland with the assistance of Indian guides. Weld's account of his travels is one of the earliest illustrated amateur travel accounts to be devoted to North America. It was very popular and went through several editions in English with translations into French, German, Italian and Dutch.

References: McCorkle #798.5.

Condition: B+

Issued folding on watermarked paper with a couple of small stains near the center of the image, a few minor abrasions at bottom, and narrow margins. Partially backed in Japanese tissue to repair a few short fold separations.

Estimate: $375 - $475


Closed on 11/19/2014