Auction 96, Lot 117

"[Map of the Mississippi River Valley]", Gibson, John

Subject: Colonial Midwest

Period: 1763 (dated)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Black & White

9.4 x 7.1 inches
23.9 x 18 cm

This interesting map was issued to illustrate the part of Louisiana that was rapidly being settled by British subjects at the conclusion of the French and Indian War. It is full of fascinating details including the locations of Indian tribes and villages, gold mines, forts and frontier outposts. The Colonies of Virginia, Carolina and Georgia are named, as is Florida. A line along the Appalachians is labeled "Formerly the French claim'd all ye Country Westward of this Line." Large expanses of country are shown belonging to various Indian nations. In present day Texas is Country of the Cenis, Gr. Village of the Cenis, and The Garrison of the North or of St. John Baptist in the region of El Paso. A large river and lake west of the Mississippi is identified as The Great River according to M. de la Hontan. Bound into original June 1763 issue with long eight page article with "an account of the country on both sides of the Mississippi."

References: Jolly GENT-169; Sellers & Van Ee #109.

Condition: B

Some uneven toning, else very good.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/12/2001