Course of the Mississipi from the Balise to Fort Chartres; taken on an Expedition to the Illinois in the latter end of the year, 1765. London: Printed for Robert Sayer, no. 53 in Fleet Street, 1 June 1772

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ROSS, John (1744-1809)

Published by London: Printed for Robert Sayer, no. 53 in Fleet Street, 1 June 1772 (1772)

London: Printed for Robert Sayer, no. 53 in Fleet Street, 1 June 1772, 1772. Engraved map of the Mississippi River on two joined sheets, contemporary hand-coloring in outline and wash (Image: 44 1/4 x 13 ¼ in.; 112.4 x 33.7 cm. Sheet: 49 1/4 x 22 in.; 125.1 x 56 cm). BINDING/CONDITION: Loosely laid on sturdy card and enclosed in mylar. A few skillful marginal repairs. (65B2A) FIRST EDITION, THE SCARCE FIRST ISSUE of the first map of the Mississippi based on English sources. The map shows settlements, forts, and villages along the central and lower course of the Mississippi. According to online sources, no copies of the first issue have sold at auction in the last 40 years. PROVENANCE: Evelyn and Eric P. Newman (sale, Leslie Hindman, 12 November 2018, lot 107) REFERENCE: Stevens & Tree 31a.