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Auction 187, Lot 104

"North America Drawn & Engraved for Dr. Playfairs Geography", Playfair, James

Subject: North America

Period: 1814 (published)

Publication: A New General Atlas, Ancient and Modern...

Color: Hand Color

21 x 17.5 inches
53.3 x 44.5 cm
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A detailed map of the continent showing the United States confined to east of the Mississippi River with a large Louisiana Territory extending into New Mexico. Issued shortly before the Lewis & Clark findings, the west features an elaborate network of mountains and rivers on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains including the three forks of the Missouri River (Galatin, Madison and Jefferson). The region of present-day California and Oregon is almost entirely void of inland detail with numerous missions named along the coast. In the Arctic, the discoveries of MacKenzie and Hearne are noted, and Alaska's outline is relatively accurate. Engraved by Samuel Neele.


Condition: B+

There is light staining and soiling that is more prominent in the blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $475

Closed on 4/27/2022