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Kitchin: North America
Thomas Kitchin. "A General Map of North America from the best authorities." From A New Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar by William Guthrie. London: C. Dilly and G.G.J. & J. Robinson, 1790. 7 1/2 x 8 7/8. Engraving. Narrow margins as issued. Very good condition.

An interesting, small map of North America by one of the leading English cartographers of the late eighteenth century. The continent is shown from mid-Mexico to Baffin's Island and from coast to coast. Rivers, mountains, lakes and major towns are shown. The states of the newly established U.S. are indicated, as are the Canadian provinces. In the west details of bays, rivers and mountains are given where reported by explorers, with some areas left with hints of possible geographic delineations. A good picture of the extent of knowledge of the continent at the end of the century. $125

Reid: North America
John Reid. "A General Map of North America drawn from the best surveys 1795." From American Atlas. New York: John Reid, 1796. State 2. Engraving by [John] Scoles. 14 1/4 x 18. Light outline color. Very good condition. Wheat & Brun: 57.

This fascinating map of North America on an equal-area projection depicts from the Bering Straits and Baffin's Bay in the north to present-day Honduras and the entire West Indies in the south. The United States is shown containing fifteen states with a dotted line paralleling the Mississippi River denoting the western boundaries. Very little information is given to the vast area that would soon be the Louisiana Purchase, while the Spanish possessions labeled "New Mexico" and "New Spain" are well documented. The border between Canada and New England is vague. The map was prepared originally for John Reid's American Atlas which accompanied William Winterbotham's History of America. $750

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