United States America 1794 Amos Doolittle rare old folding map Eagle cartoucheBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian
A Map of the United States of America.
(North America- New England- Great Lakes)
Issued Boston, 1794 by Thomas & Andrews. Engraved New Haven, CT by Amos Doolittle (1754-1832).
Rare 18th century engraved map by one of the earliest and most important native-American born cartographic engravers working during this early Republic era.
Interesting depiction of the country shortly after the Treaty of Versailles. Shows numerous bounty lands in the western frontier near the Mississippi & Ohio rivers, including Wabash company, Army lands, G. Clarks grant, etc. Great Lakes includes a fictitious Isle Philip within Lake Superior. The western coastline of Michigan is incorrectly distorted strongly westward. Vegetation cartouche with an eagle perched atop it sits beside the boundary of Louisiana.
Paper uniformly age toned, inoffensive extraneous fold lines, visible offsetting in spots. Neat and well done 2 1/2" archival tissue paper repairs along bottom fold line on reverse and to short tear near distance graticule at lower right edge inset tab. However, overall the map displays an agreeable and unique visual age patina appeal.
All 18th century Doolittle maps are inherently scarce and we find this example, despite the age flaws described and visible, entirely agreeable. Given the inherently low production and survival rate of American folding geographical gazetteer maps of this early date, undoubtedly rare.
Sheet measures c. 8 5/8" H x 9 3/4" W.
Printed area measures c. 7 5/8" x 9 1/8" .
Wheat & Brun, Maps published in America Before 1800 , 122.
McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps 1513-1800 , 494-4.
O'Brien, Amos Doolittle , Engraver of the New Republic , pp. 21-29.
Stauffer, American Engravers Upon Copper & Steel , v. 1, p. 66. (noting Barber credited him (along with Paul Revere) with engraving the first historical plates done in America by engravers born here).
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 1, p. 380.