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Auction 174, Lot 145

"Carte de la Nouvelle Angleterre, Nouvelle York, Nouvelle Jersey, et Pensilvanie", Bertholon, C.

Subject: New England - United States

Period: 1799 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Moderne Portatif

Color: Hand Color

8.7 x 7 inches
22.1 x 17.8 cm
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This interesting map of New England exhibits some very odd boundaries. The states appear as amorphous strips stretching north-south displaying the lack of French knowledge of the existing boundaries. In New England, Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire seem to have been added to the plate, and are spelled Massachusset Bey and Hew Hampshire. The map is a close copy of Joseph La Porte's 1780 map of the same title, with a simplified cartouche and the change of Possessions Angloises in the Atlantic to Etats Unis, reflecting the French support for American independence.

References: cf. McCorkle #780.2.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on watermarked paper with three tiny worm holes in the Atlantic only visible when held to light, two of which have been infilled on verso with archival materials. There is a hint of soiling in the bottom corners.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $170

Closed on 9/11/2019