Auction 154, Lot 147

"Map of the Middle States, of America. Comprehends New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the Territory N:W: of Ohio", Russell, John C.

Subject: Mid-Atlantic United States

Period: 1794 (dated)

Publication: An Historical, Geographical, Commercial, and Philosophical View of the American United States

Color: Hand Color

18.4 x 14.4 inches
46.7 x 36.6 cm

This detailed map extends from New York through Delaware and west to Lake Huron, Great Traverse Bay, Ft. Miami and Ft. Washington. The area west of Virginia includes Seven Ranges, Donation Lands from the Commonwealth of Virginia and several Bounty Land Grants including: Army Lands, Ohio Company, and Colonel Simmes Grant. It also shows Indiana in what is now West Virginia. The Iroquois Confederacy originally granted this region to a Philadelphia trading company in 1768. Then in 1776 it was sold to the Indiana Land Company, but was also claimed by the State of Virginia as a part of her original charter. The resulting battle between the private land company and Virginia resulted in the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and is one of the most interesting chapters in the history of the young United States. The map also names a host of early settlements including Hurricane Toms, Morgans Town, Lick Town, Kill Buck Town, Salt Lick Town, Wills Town, New Comers Town, and Beavers Town. It also locates Indian villages, forts, and mines.

References: Phillips (Atlases) #1363-6.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with a "J. Whatman 1794" watermark. Issued folding, now flattened, with professionally reinforced fold separations and minor offsetting.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/16/2015