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Lot 0017
North & South America; for the Elucidation of the Abbe Gaultier's Geographical Games
"Map maker:
Jehoshaphat Aspin, A Complete Course Of Geography..."
"Place and Year:
Paris, 1832"
43.0 x 34.6 cm (16.9 x 13.6 in)"
Copperplate engraving"
Hand colored"
"Condition Rating:

This is a very unusual and interesting map of the Western Hemisphere with a large inset of the United States, engraved for the "Geographical Games." It presents an odd border between Mexico and the United States, and it also displays the British perspective for the boundary with Canada.

A large inset of the eastern United States gives a very late depiction of the proposed state of Franklinia. The circumstances that lead to the State of Franklin proposal can be traced to the 1750s, when colonial English settlers moved westward past the Appalachians to what is now western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Settlement increased over the next few decades, but neither Virginia Colony nor North Carolina Colony wanted jurisdiction and the responsibility to defend against Indian attacks that came with it. During the Revolutionary War, the area became part of Noth Carolina, but was ceded back to the Confederation Congress in 1784.

In response to this slight, the settlers assembled, adopted their own constitution, and appointed former native Virginia John Sevier as the first Governor of the State of Franklin. Although clearly named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, it is unclear what were Franklin's exact thoughts on the matter. Congress turned down their appeal but the state maintained a legislature and governor until 1788. At one point Sevier was actually arrested for treason, but in 1796 Tennessee was granted statehood and Sevier served as the first Governor.

This ephemeral state appears on only a small number of maps and this is a late appearance of this frontier political experiment. This scarce map was not included in Baynton-Williams' s seminal Map Collector article, "Maps marking the American State of Franklin." Engraved by Hewitt.

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  • Condition

    There is minor soiling and an archivally repaired edge tear in the bottom blank margin.

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    1832 Aspin - North & South America...[proposed state of

    Estimate $450 - $500Dec 06, 2017
    New York, NY, USA
    Auction Curated By:
    Steve Kovacs
    Maps Expert