Jun 14, 2007 - Sale 2118

Sale 2118 - Lot 50

Price Realized: $ 360,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
COWLEY, JOHN?. A New and Correct Map of the Province of North Carolina drawn from the Original of Col. Mosely's. Survey by J: Cowley. Two-sheet pen-and-ink and wash manuscript map, 590x735 mm sheet size (23 1/4x29 inches); vertical and horizontal folds; some minor areas of loss along the folds, masking tape along one fold on verso (removable); linen-backed at an early date. London, 1737

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incredible early manuscript map of north carolina. In 1733, Edward Moseley, the Surveyor General of North Carolina, published one of the rarest and most important maps of North Carolina. His mammoth map was one of the first to both accurately map the coastal regions and also identify settlements in the interior. John Cowley was the engraver of Moseley's mammoth map and this manuscript map, executed only four years later, appears to be a reduced version from it, with identical place names and locations of rivers, inlets, etc. There is, however, a notable cartographic difference between the two. This map shows a proposed settlement at the head of the Pee Dee River where the Yadkin and Uwharrie Rivers merge. An inscription next the to settlement reads: "This is a Representation of an Improvemt [sic] made at the conflux of two Rivers, which Demonstrates the advantages of such a situation, both for Profit, Pleasure & Security." Although settlement along the lower Pee Dee began at this time, no such community ever appears to have been established. See Cumming 218 for a lengthy description of Moseley's map.