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Auction 164, Lot 114

One of the Earliest English-Produced Maps to Acknowledge the United States

"Map of the United States in North America: with the British, French and Spanish Dominions Adjoining, According to the Treaty of 1783", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: Eastern United States & Canada

Period: 1783 (circa)


Color: Black & White

20.1 x 16.2 inches
51.1 x 41.1 cm

This is one of the earliest English-produced maps to officially acknowledge the United States. It depicts the new nation with its western border on the Mississippi River. The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia stretch from the Atlantic to the Mississippi. The map is filled with information on early settlements, forts, Indian villages and fishing banks. The title is enclosed in a simple cartouche, with the island of Bermuda below. Kitchin, Hydrographer to the King, prepared the map for a special publication by Thomas Cadell. It was subsequently issued in Raynal's history (1783-98) and possibly other publications.

References: McCorkle #783-11; Phillips (M) p. 862.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression, issued folding, with a couple of minor spots in the Atlantic. There archival repairs to a couple of fold separations that just cross the neatline and two edge tears, only one of which enters the image 1" at right. Trimmed to the neatline at right.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 9/13/2017