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Bonne Mexico
Rigobert Bonne. "Le Nouveau Mexique." Paris, 1778. 8 x 12 1/4. Engraving by Dien. Very good condition. Lowery: 545.

Rigobert Bonne was the Royal Hydrographer of France, so his primary interest was in marine charts. However, with his Royal connections and access to the cartographic documents in Paris, Bonne was able to compile maps containing some of the most up-to-date information of his time. This map of the southern part of North America is a good example of his work. It shows as far north as Santa Fe and to just below Guadalahara, also including the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. The southern coast of the United States in included to western Florida, and the river systems are included inland, especially for present-day Texas. A fine eighteenth century map of the region, with good early information of this American southwest. $325

Antonio Zatta. "Parte Orientale della Florida, Della Giorgia, e Carolina Meridionale." Venice: A. Zatta, 1778. 12 1/2 x 16 3/4. Engraving. Original outline color. Full margins. Very good condition.

Part XI from Zatta's twelve sheet map of North America based upon Mitchell's multi-sheet map from mid-century. This sheet shows the east coast from Cape Fear to Saint Augustine, giving excellent detail mostly along the coast, but as far inland as Augusta. Detail includes rivers, roads, towns, forts and Indian settlements. This is one of the best and most detailed maps of the southeastern coast at the time of the Revolution, a region which was the focus of much of the late action in the war. $500

Gussefeld: US
Franz Ludwig Güssefeld. "Charte über die XIII vereinigte Staaten von Nord-America." Nuremberg: Homann Heirs 1784. 17 1/2 x 22 1/2. Engraving. Original hand color. Some paper toning. Very good condition.

This is an early example of a map that recognized the nascent United States of America. The map shows North America to just across the Mississippi River, but the focus is on the new nation. Each state is colored in a contrasting pastel and the states in the northern part are named by way of a lettered key given just below the attractive title cartouche. The borders are in general pretty good, though Vermont is not shown, being included as part of New Hampshire, and Maryland's western parts extend well south into Virginia. The treatment of the lands to the west of the Appalachian Mountains and up to the Mississippi River is quite interesting. This area is indicated as lands that came to the United States by the Treaty of 1783. It is mostly undifferentiated politically, though dotted lines coming off of the states of the southeast do extend to the Mississippi, showing the claims of those states. Rivers, towns, and some forts are shown, and Indian tribes are named throughout. One odd feature is the appearance of a very large area of marshy land along the Wabash. All in all, this attractive map is a fascinating view of the new nation. $1,400

Camden, SC Manuscript map 1794
John Barron, Surveyor for Rev. Thomas Adams. A plat map showing 227 acres adjoining the Ferry at Camden, South Carolina. Pen and watercolor. 2 May 1794. 12 3/4 x 7 3/4 (full sheet), Former folds in docket configuration. Conserved by deacidification and backing with archival tissue for strength. Old deterioration at compass center due to iron gall ink arrested.

The two tracts are east of the Wateree River, and a small lot with a house is next to the river but not within the acres defined as "A." Tract "A" contained 172 acres, and tract "B" is 55 3/4 acres. The surveyor's text states, "At the Request of the Reverend Thomas Adams I have Resurveyed the above tract of Land adjoining the Ferry at Camden and find it to contain 227 3/4 acres being, A 172 Acres and B 55 3/4 Acres. Camden 2d. May 1794. [Signed] Jno. Barron."

Methodist Thomas Adams (d. 1797), ordained at Boston's West Church in 1791 for service in Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina, was the son of Amos Adams, pastor of the first church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. John Barron (1753-1841) was a member of a family prominent in York County, South Carolina. The house shown is possibly the ferry house, which was about 300 yards upstream from the current bridge for Interstate 20. $600

Scott Northwest Territory
Joseph T. Scott. "N.W. Territory." From United States Gazetteer. Philadelphia: J. Scott, 1795. First state. 7 1/4 x 6. Engraving by J. Scott. Small loss of printed surface above "Copper Mines." Narrow left margin; some separation along fold above Lake Huron. Professionally conserved and backed with rice paper. Wheat & Brun: 674i.

This is the first printed map of the old Northwestern Territory, issued in the first American gazetteer. Joseph T. Scott, a Philadelphia engraver and publisher, issued his gazetteer during the early days of American cartography, and the maps of the individual states and territories are very good. Scott, a Philadelphia engraver and publisher, issued his gazetteer during the early days of American cartography, and the maps of the individual states and territories are very good. This map of the "N.W. Territory" is a very nice example of this. The detail is pretty good for this early date. Major rivers are indicated throughout, as are mines, Indian tribes, forts and settlements. A very early map of a region which was to go from wilderness to hugely developed in the next fifty years. $550

Isaac Weld Jr. "An Eye Sketch of the Falls of Niagara." From Travels through the states of North America...during 1795, 1796 and 1797. London: John Stockdale, 1798-99. Engraving. Ca. 6 3/4 x 9. With folds as issued. With some slight transferring, but very good condition.

One of a series of fine engraved maps of parts of North America from Weld's account of his travels through the continent in the last decade of the 18th century. So impressed was Weld with Niagara Falls that he had an entire chapter devoted to it and included three views and this map. An inset of the entire Niagara peninsula is included in the upper left corner. $110

Great Lakes
"A New Map of Upper & Lower Canada." From I. Weld Jr.'s Travels through the states of North America...during 1795, 1796 and 1797. London: J. Stockdale, 1798.6 3/4 x 9. Engraving. Very good condition.

A clear and interesting map of the Great Lakes issued near the end of the eighteenth century. The map was published in Isaac Weld's work describing his travels through the nation between 1795 and 1797. This map focuses on the Great Lakes region, showing as far north as James Bay. Details include the many rivers and lakes in the region, major settlements, and of particular interest, frontier forts including Forts George, Chambly, Niagara, and one located at the end of Green Bay. An early English map focusing just of the Great Lakes. $225

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