Auction 159, Lot 127

Rare Map of the British Colonies Just After the French & Indian War

"A New and Accurate Map of the British Dominions in America, According to the Treaty of 1763; Divided into the Several Provinces and Jurisdictions...", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: Colonial Eastern United States & Canada

Period: 1766 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

24.8 x 20.8 inches
63 x 52.8 cm

This rare historical map illustrates the British colonies after the Treaty of Paris and at the conclusion of the French and Indian War in America. The treaty ended French colonial ambitions in North America with minor exceptions. As a result, Spain ceded East and West Florida to Great Britain, France relinquished the title to the Louisiana Territory to Spain, and the Mississippi River was established as the British-Spanish Boundary. The map reflects the claims of the southern colonies that their charters extended to the Mississippi River, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Also of interest are the names and locations of many Indian tribes and nations located away from the more populated areas of English settlements. The map extends west well past the Mississippi River to include portions of Texas, labeled Part of New Mexico and Country of the Cenis. The Mississippi River ends abruptly in the area of present-day Minnesota, with the notation Parts Undiscover'd to the north, and a note further south along the Mississippi states that "thus far the Mississippi river has been ascended." Additional notations appear just north of the Missouri River - "Extensive Meadows full of Buffaloes" - and just south of the river - "Country full of Mines." The mythical islands of I. Philippeaux and I. Pontchartrain still appear in Lake Superior. This map appeared in several publications and was also separately issued.

References: McCorkle #766.1; Sellers & Van Ee #104; Stevens & Tree #7B.

Condition: A

Issued folding on watermarked paper, now flattened with professional repairs to several minor separations along the folds and holes in unengraved areas of the image. A binding trim at bottom left has been replaced to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 9/14/2016