Lt. J./ SAYER ROSS, Robert.

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First Collectible Map of the Lower Mississippi River
[London, 1775]



Mississippi River/ Louisiana/ Tennessee/ Arkansas.   ROSS, Lt. J./ SAYER, R.   [London, 1775] Course of the River Mississippi from the Balise to Fort Chartres.   44 1/4 x 13 ½ inches (two sheets joined).  Original outline color; minor marginal mends well outside of printed image, else excellent.                                                   
Tall, striking work based on the first official survey of the lower Mississippi River.  The map extends north to just below St. Louis.  It contains much fascinating information concerning the locations of plantations, forts and Indian tribes; notes on historical events such as battles and discoveries; and notable landmarks.   It provides excellent detail for the course of the Mississippi in the New Orleans area and shows Baton Rouge.  Lake Pontchartrain appears further inland than on contemporary maps but is seen connected to Lake Borgne by a channel.  To the English this map was of great importance because it focused on a relatively little known territory that was part of what the British gained at the conclusion of the French and Indian War in 1763.


Sellers and Van Ee,  no. 781; Stevens and Tree, 31.

Price: $4,850.00

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