Auction 170, Lot 139

"A Map of the Northern and Middle States; Comprehending the Western Territory and the British Dominions in North America. Compiled from the Best Authorities", Doolittle, Amos

Subject: Northeastern United States & Canada

Period: 1789 (published)

Publication: Morse's The American Geography

Color: Black & White

16.1 x 12.5 inches
40.9 x 31.8 cm

This is the first state of this uncommon and information-packed map. It depicts the region from James Bay to Chesapeake Bay west to the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. An explanation of the various symbols used in the map are displayed in the form of an open book in the upper left corner. 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, Ohio Company in Ohio, Wabash Company, New Jersey Company, and Illinois Company in Illinois.

References: McCorkle #789.6; Kershaw #385; Sellers & Van Ee #194; Wheat & Brun #149.

Condition: B+

A dark impression, originally issued folding and now flattened with some minor uneven toning. A 2.5" fold separation has been repaired on verso with archival materials. There are binding trims at top right and bottom right that have been professionally reinstated with a portion of the border redrawn in facsimile.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 11/14/2018