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Auction 161, Lot 355

"A Map of South Carolina from the Best Authorities", Morse, Jedidiah (Rev.)

Subject: South Carolina

Period: 1794 (dated)

Publication: The American Geography

Color: Black & White

9.8 x 9.4 inches
24.9 x 23.9 cm

This is the earliest located map focusing on the state of South Carolina after achieving statehood on May 23, 1788. It was published in the rare English (Stockdale) edition of The American Geography by Jedidiah Morse, the first compendium of U.S. state and territory maps. The map exhibits an extensive road system well inland from the coast at this very early date. Engraved by J. Roper, with Stockdale's imprint at bottom center: "Published July 12, 1794, by J. Stockdale." Only two sales of this map by a dealer or auction house have been located.

References: Howes #M840; McCorkle (18th C. Geography Books) #302 [21]; Sabin #50924.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with light offsetting. Trimmed at top by bookbinder with partial loss of neatline.

Estimate: $550 - $700


Closed on 2/8/2017