Northwest Territory imaginary islands 1796 Hill American map Wheat and Brun #679Brian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
A Map of the North Western Territory.
(North America, United States, Northwest Territory, Mississippi River, Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior).
Issued 1796, Boston by Thomas & Andrews. Engraved by S. Hill.
Of note for the fictitious islands of Bellin-Charlevoix seen in Lake Superior. Interesting features include a portage, a copper mine, Indian Line, the transitional and short lived grants of "Connecticut Lands" and "Virginia Lands", etc. Treaty of 1793 is mentioned in the text above the title at lower left.
Scarce late 18th century engraved map. An example of early native American cartographic engraving which is inherently uncommon/scare due to the pre-1800 date.
Map displays signs of age, including: offsetting, overall moderate age toning and scattered spotting, and well done old paper repairs on the reverse to close long splits along fold lines. There is a small spot of loss in the center of the map which is clearly visible in pics (please inspect all photos).
Despite the condition issues as described and seen, map retains a pleasing if not noble appearance, unique to printed maps of this era.
Original fold lines as issued.
Please examine all images closely. We have done our best to fully illustrate the condition of the map so there are no surprises when it arrives.
Sheet measures c. 8 1/4" H x 9 1/2" W.
Engraved area measures c. 7 1/2" H x 8 3/8" W.
Wheat & Brun, Maps Published in America Before 1800,
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. 1.