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Auction 183, Lot 150

"N.W. Territory", Scott, Joseph

Subject: Central United States, Great Lakes

Period: 1800 (circa)

Publication: The New and Universal Gazetteer

Color: Black & White

6.1 x 7.3 inches
15.5 x 18.5 cm
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This is the earliest printed map to show the North West Territory. It covers the region of the upper Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes, and shows the rivers and streams together with settlements, mines, and forts. Lit. Fort appears at the mouth of the Chicago River and Old Ft. Orleans appears on the Missouri River. The southern end of Lake Michigan is placed almost a full degree further north than the southern shore of Lake Erie, an error that resulted in a series of boundary disputes between Michigan and its neighbors in the 19th century. The fictitious Charlevoix-Bellin islands appear in Lake Superior. This is the second state which is geographically identical to the first, with only the addition of two small lines to strengthen the tiny circles locating the towns of Detroit, Sandusky, etc.

References: Karpinski (MI) p. 189; Wheat & Brun #674.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with light scattered foxing, minor toning, and printer's ink residue at top left.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $375

Closed on 6/9/2021