Auction 163, Lot 118

"A Map of the Eclipse of Feby. 12th in Its Passage Across the United States", Boynton, George W.

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1831 (published)

Publication: The American Almanac

Color: Hand Color

Size:
7.9 x 8.7 inches
20.1 x 22.1 cm

This uncommon and fascinating map highlights the path of the "Great Eclipse of 1831". Hyped by the almanac makers and press as a major event, the solar eclipse ended up disappointing the populace when it failed to shroud the country in visible darkness. The map shows towns and cities, rivers, mountains, and Indian tribes. It locates the Michigan, Northwest, Missouri, and Arkansas territories. A fascinating artifact from an era where scientific wonder all too often bled into old-fashioned superstition. Published by Gray & Bowen.

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Condition: B+

Issued folding with minor offsetting. The margins are trimmed to the neatline at left and right.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $75

Closed on 6/14/2017

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