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Auction 163, Lot 35

"A Map of North America, Denoting the Boundaries of the Yearly Meetings of Friends and the Locations of the Various Indian Tribes [and] Aboriginal America, East of the Mississippi [complete with report]", Religious Society of Friends

Subject: North America, Texas

Period: 1844 (published)

Publication: Religious Society of Friends towards the Indian Tribes…

Color: Hand Color

5.8 x 9 inches
14.7 x 22.9 cm
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This lot contains two interesting maps illustrating the status of Indian nations in the United States in the middle of the 19th century. The two maps are included in the original Some Account of the Conduct of the Religious Society of Friends Towards the Indian Tribes in the Settlement of the Colonies of East and West Jersey and Pennsylvania, which was published by the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers as they are more commonly known. It was produced for the Aborigines' Committee of the Meetings of Sufferings in London, 1844. The Quakers held these meetings every year, in which they focused on the wrongs suffered by aboriginal peoples all over the world. Both of these maps were drawn by Jim Bowden and lithographed by H. Clark. The report, 247 pp, is bound in brown marbled boards with leather spine.

A. A Map of North America, Denoting the Boundaries of the Yearly Meetings of Friends and the Locations of the Various Indian Tribes (21 x 18.5"). This map shows the United States all the way to the West Coast with a great Republic of Texas reaching into present-day Colorado. The United States has no claims to the Southwest yet, and the northwest border with Canada and the U.S. has been left undefined due to the unsettled claims in that region. The extent of immigration and developed territories is confined to east of the Mississippi. The map names all the known tribes and where they are located with a color key at left that also informs us that the Catawba, Uchee and Natchez Indians are extinct. A key shows the location of annual Friends meetings and a table at the right notes the number of tribal members of each tribe and also how many had, at that point, been moved from their homelands.

B. Aboriginal America, East of the Mississippi (4.3 x 6.5"). The map shows the United States to the Mississippi River. It names the known tribes and locations with a color key at right that names the Algonquin, Dahcota, Huron - Iroquois, Catawba, Cherokee, Uchee, Natchez, and Mobilian Indians.


Condition: B+

Condition code is for the maps. <I>A Map of North America</I> has light toning along a few folds and in the corners, light scattered foxing mostly along the edges of the map, and a tiny binding tear at left. The <I>Aboriginal America</I> map has overall light toning and scattered foxing. Text is clean and bright with light scattered foxing primarily confined to the first and last 20 pages, including the title page. Front cover and spine are detached at top, and the covers and spine also are lightly worn with a few small abrasions.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/14/2017