19 June 2007
PRICE, Jonathan and John STROTHER. To David Stone and Peter Brown, Esqrs., This First Actual Survey of the State of North Carolina. Philadelphia, 1808.
Hand-colored engraved map by W. Harrison, dissected in 30 sections and mounted on linen, 753 x 1548 mm (some pale foxing, a few small chips along edges). Folds into contemporary half red roan, marbled board portfolio.
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST STATE MAP OF NORTH CAROLINA, privately printed. The map was compiled by Jonathan Price from surveys he and John Strother had undertaken as early as 1789. The entire preparation and publication was financed by subscribers. An error of one degree of latitude in the western part of the map led to distortions of natural features in this region on general maps of the United States until corrected by Henry S. Tanner in his New American Atlas of 1823. (See Schwartz & Ehrenberg, p.224). The Price-Strother map shows the westward surge of settlements up to and across the Blue Ridge. The map shows county boundaries, roads, courthouses, drainage systems, ironworks, towns and select private residences, with the names of many individual land owners. RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, no copies of the Price-Strother map have appeared at auction in at least 30 years. Phillips Maps p.616; Ristow p.124; Schwartz & Ehrenberg pl.138, p.224); Streeter sale II:1138.
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