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A new and correct Map of the United States of North America Layd down from the latest observations and best authorities, agreeable to the Peace of 1783 . . . , 1783-1784

Identifier: MC 101

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: This cartographic collection was the gift of the estate of the late Midland oilman, George T. Abell. Mr Abell was interested travel, geography, the geology of the petroleum industry, and the history of the Southwest and the maps reflect these as well as other subjects. The collection contains over a hundred maps which range in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Notably, the collection also contains a 1573 copy of Abraham Ortelius's Theatrvm orbis terrarvm, considered by some as the first modern atlas of the world. The collection includes maps of the world, the British Isles, Pacific Ocean, North and South America, The Western Hemisphere, and the United States.


  • 1783-1784



From the Collection: 115 Sheets

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Bolt Street. Framed.

Materials Specific Details

0⁰ longitude = Philadelphia. Title cartouche has a "Betsy Ross" flag at the top, with angel, cherub, sun, etc., stylized border and greenery across the bottom. The states' western borders go straight across to the Mississippi River. Present Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are shown as U.S. territory, but are not named. This area and the Canadian lands to the north carry Indian tribal designations. Across the mid-west there are descrptive passages such as "level, rich land, good water, fine timber, rich meadows." The margins of the map are poor, but the rest is well-framed and preserved. This is the first map engraved and published by an American in America.


40.8 x 46 cm.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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