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Auction 158, Lot 145

Scarce French Edition of an Important Revolutionary War Map

"La Pensilvanie en Trois Feuilles Traduite des Meilleures Cartes Anglaises / A Map of Pennsylvania Exhibiting Not Only the Improved Parts of That Province, but Also Its Extensive Frontiers...", Le Rouge, George Louis

Subject: Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War

Period: 1778 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Ameriquain Septentrionale...

Color: Hand Color

52.1 x 26.3 inches
132.3 x 66.8 cm
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This is the French edition of Sayer & Bennett's map of Pennsylvania, which is based on the 1770 landmark map of the province by William Scull. It was published in Le Rouge's Atlas Ameriquain Septentrionale as an aid to French and American troops during the Revolutionary War. Only an additional title and distance scale have been added in French, with the rest of the map, including most place names, in English. As the title states, the map shows both the developed eastern side of Pennsylvania and the western frontier as far west as Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh) on the Ohio River. The Mason-Dixon line, surveyed just a few years before the publication of William Scull's original map, is delineated here. There is excellent detail of the region's mountains and hills, with many ranges identified. The easternmost counties of the province are dense with place names, while Cumberland County has relatively little settlement. Early counties, rivers, roads, forts, creeks, mills, mines, churches, and more are also located. There is a Great Swamp in Northampton County, just below The Endless Mountains while a large Buffaloe Swamp is delineated on the westernmost sheet.

References: Phillips (A) #1212-16; Phillips (Maps) p. 675; cf. Ristow pp. 52-53.

Condition: B+

A strong impression on watermarked paper with original outline color. Overall very clean and bright with the exception of some faint staining along the left joint. There are two tiny holes along one fold line only visible when held to light. Very nearly in "A" condition - an excellent example.

Estimate: $4,500 - $5,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 6/22/2016