Rare 1811 Linen Printed Louisiana Territory Map Highlights New Acquisitions at Boston Rare Maps Boston Rare Maps, one of the country’s premier specialists in rare and unusual antique maps, announces the acquisition of a number of exciting new pieces, among them a rare linen-printed 1811 map that
News-Antique.com - Jan 14,2013 - SOUTHAMPTON, MA – Boston Rare Maps, one of the country’s premier specialists in rare and unusual antique maps, announces the acquisition of a number of exciting new pieces, among them a rare linen-printed 1811 map that depicts the short-lived state of “Franklin.” Additional works include a charming map of Lake Champlain printed in America during the Revolutionary War, the first-ever printed chart of Boston Harbor, and a mammoth hand-drawn map of North America’s west coast. For additional information or to view the selection online, please visit www.BostonRareMaps.com or call (413) 527-4020.
Highlighting this selection of new acquisitions is a rare map of North America, printed on linen by mapmaker R. Gray. Gray’s 1811 map is based on Robert Wilkinson’s important, unusual and rare North America, which was first published in London in 1804. Wilkinson’s was the first printed map to show the entire Louisiana Territory incorporated into the United States and also depicted the short-lived state of “Franklin” between North Carolina and Tennessee. Gray followed Wilkinson’s work closely, though he simplified the toponymy to allow for the limitations of printing on fabric. He also added an ornate decorative border to the piece, rendering the map far more attractive than the prototype. Gray’s map is surpassingly rare, and this is only the third known example.
Also on offer is a “Map of the Present Seat of War on the Borders of Canada,” depicting a region encompassing Lake George, Lake Champlain and the upper St. Lawrence River. The map illustrates the fastest and only water-based link between Quebec and the interior of the thirteen American colonies, a route prized for its strategic import.
It originally appeared in October 1775 issue of The Pennsylvania Magazine, the sole periodical published in America during the Revolution. Several issues of the magazine included engraved maps illustrating early Revolutionary battles and theatres of conflict, and this map printed by Robert Aitken is one of the rarest and most appealing.
An 1889 chart of America’s west coast is also featured. This manuscript by New Hampshire native John Tilton McClintock depicts the northwest coast from the Alaska panhandle to Tillamook County, Oregon. The son of an expert surveyor and himself a future architect, McClintock—in his late teens at the time—was already an accomplished draftsman. His map shows the complex coastal outline and the region’s many islands, indicates the many mountains and mountain ranges, names major geographical features and towns, and outlines county boundaries in Oregon and Washington. The intent of the map appears to have been to illustrate or memorialize a round-trip journey from Puget Sound to Glacier Bay for the benefit of friends or family back home. The voyage track is shown in red ink, with a few July dates indicated in Alaska, apparently the dates of landfall at different ports of call.
"I'm delighted to bring this latest selection of material to market," comments Michael Buehler, owner of Boston Rare Maps. "Our goal is to identify and make available some of the most rare, interesting and historically