Auction 170, Lot 161

"Map of Part of the United States of North America, with the Territory of the Illinois on the Ohio... [bound in] Notes on a Journey in America, from the Coast of Virginia to the Territory of Illinois",

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1818 (published)


Color: Hand Color

16.1 x 12.1 inches
40.9 x 30.7 cm

This is the fourth edition of this short work. The journal is an account of Morris Birkbeck's emigration to the United States and his experience traveling from Virginia to Illinois Territory. In the work, he writes about his intent to establish a wilderness sanctuary, which appealed to many middle-class Europeans, and went through multiple editions. The text includes a map covering the region from Virginia to the lower Great Lakes, including the new state of Indiana as well as Illinois and Northwest Territories. It depicts Birkbeck's journey from the Northern Neck of Virginia to Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and finally Princeton, Indiana. Of cartographic interest, it shows Illinois approximately 50 miles too far to the west of Lake Michigan, with Indiana completely surrounding the southern part of the lake. Also shows the river system and numerous forts, towns and villages. 156 pages. Octavo, hardbound in stiff blue paper boards.

References: Howes #B-468.

Condition: B+

The map has light offsetting and a 3" binding tear at right that has been closed on verso with archival material. Deckled edge text has occasional foxing and numerous pencil notations. Covers have average wear.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/14/2018