Auction 157, Lot 225

"N.W. Territory", Scott, Joseph

Subject: Central United States, Great Lakes

Period: 1795 (circa)

Publication: The United States Gazetteer

Color: Black & White

6.1 x 7.3 inches
15.5 x 18.5 cm

This is the earliest printed map to show the North West Territory. It covers the region of the upper Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes, and shows the rivers and streams together with settlements, mines, and forts. Lit. Fort appears at the mouth of the Chicago River, and Old Ft. Orleans appears on the Missouri River. The southern end of Lake Michigan is placed almost a full degree further north than the southern shore of Lake Erie, an error that resulted in a series of boundary disputes between Michigan and its neighbors in the 19th century. The fictitious Charlevoix-Bellin islands appear in Lake Superior. This is the first state with small, plain circle icons to locate the towns like Detroit and Sandusky.

References: Karpinski (MI) p. 189; Wheat & Brun #674.

Condition: A

A dark impression, issued folding, with a short fold separation at right that has been repaired on verso with archival materials, and a couple minor extraneous creases.

Estimate: $450 - $525

Sold for: $400

Closed on 5/4/2016