Includes Purcell's Map Locating the Proposed State of Franklin
"[Lot of 3] A Map of the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia; Comprehending the Spanish Provinces of East and West Florida... [and] A Map of the Northern and Middle States... [with] The American Geography...", Morse, Jedidiah (Rev.)
Subject: Eastern United States, Franklin
Period: 1792 (published)
Color: Black & White
14.6 x 12.6 inches
37.1 x 32 cm
A. A Map of the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia; Comprehending the Spanish Provinces of East and West Florida... (14.4 x12.6"). This fine map is a fascinating historical document of the United States following the Revolutionary War. It includes an early reference to the New State of Franklin in western North Carolina. The map includes a great amount of information including boundaries claimed by the various Indian Nations and trading paths on the western frontier. It shows early settlements, including a Moravian Settlement in North Carolina, and the Cumberland Settlements in present-day Tennessee. At the top of the map, in the nascent Northwest Territory, the 7 Ranges denote the first application of the Public Land Survey System. Several bounty land grants are shown including the Ohio Company, Wabash Company, New Jersey Company, Illinois Company, and the Donation Lands of the Commonwealth of Virginia. A triangular shaped plot of land in the region of present-day West Virginia is labeled Indiana. In 1785, settlers in present-day western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee organized a state government to be named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, Franklin or Frankland. Congress turned down their appeal but the state maintained a legislature and governor until 1788. This ephemeral state appeared on a small number of maps into the early part of the 19th century. References: Dotson & Baker (OWA) #6; Baynton-Williams (TMC-72) p. 16, #4; McCorkle (18th C. Geography Books) #300-1. Condition: Issued folding with light toning along the folds and some offsetting that is more prominent near the center of the image. There is a 4" binding tear at right that has been closed on verso with archival tape, and several small fold separations that have been mostly closed on verso with old paper.
B. A Map of the Northern and Middle States; Comprehending the Western Territory and the British Dominions in North America. From the Best Authorities (15.2 x 12.3"). This uncommon and information-packed map describes the region from James Bay to the Chesapeake Bay and the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and from the Lake of the Woods to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. A key in the upper left corner provides an explanation of the various symbols used in the map. Several of the districts and states are shown with distorted borders, but the most interesting feature of the map are the numerous Bounty Land Grants shown in the western frontier including Genl Clarks, Donation Lands from the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Ohio Company in Ohio, and Wabash Company, New Jersey Company, and Illinois Company in Illinois. Much of the information is taken from Amos Doolittle's map of the same title. This is the second state. Engraved by G. Allen Sanders, Wells Row, Islington. References: McCorkle #792.1; Kershaw #389. Condition: Issued folding with light toning and offsetting. There is a 4" edge tear at left and a 3" binding tear at right that have been repaired on verso with old paper. A few fold separations have also been closed on verso with archival tape.
The two maps are accompanied by Morse's The American Geography. 536 pages with folding table. This example contains the bookplate of Rodman Wanamaker on the front pastedown. Wanamaker was a department store magnate who also helped to establish the Professional Golfers Association (PGA). The Wanamaker trophy is given annually to the winner of the PGA Championship (one of four major tournaments). Hardbound in quarter calf with tips over marbled boards.
See description above for map details. The text is very good with light toning. The rear board is missing and the front board is detached. Front board is heavily worn and spine is poor.