Auction 160, Lot 299

"Carte de l'Ile de Nantucket, pour les Lettres d’un Cultivateur Ameriquain", Crevecoeur, Michel Guillaume De

Subject: Nantucket, Massachusetts

Period: 1787 (published)

Publication: Lettres d'un Cultivateur Americain…

Color: Black & White

11 x 8 inches
27.9 x 20.3 cm

This early copper engraved map of Nantucket includes a legend identifying thirty-two different sites. In addition to the detail in the legend, the map locates Sherburn, Full Mill and Isle de Tuckanuck. Engraved by Pierre Francois Tardieu.

Crevecoeur was a French-born surveyor who settled in New York, where he produced this classic collection of twelve essays that reflected on the nature of American life, particularly its customs and manners. His description of bountiful American lands spurred many French people to immigrate to America. Howes says that Crevecoeur's work is a: "Description of American life of great influence in attracting European immigration in the post-revolutionary period. As literature unexcelled by any American work of the eighteenth century."

References: Phillips (Maps) p. 457; Howes #C883.

Condition: B+

Issued folding on watermarked paper with faint offsetting and light toning along sheet edges. There is a binding trim at lower right.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 11/16/2016