Sale 22AM01 | Lot 1121

SCULL, NICHOLAS Map of the improved Part of the Province of Pennsylvania.

Catalogue: American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts
SCULL, NICHOLAS  Map of the improved Part of the Province of Pennsylvania.

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Lot 1121
SCULL, NICHOLAS Map of the improved Part of the Province of Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia: Engraved by Jas. Turner and Printed by John Davis for the Author; Published & Sold by the Author, Nicholas Scull, 1 January 1759. The second state, with the addition of text at Nelson's Ferry and a road from Carlisle to Pine Ford. Very large copperplate engraved map with hand-coloring on six joined sheets, with a fine cartouche with dedication to the Penn brothers, formerly folded and now laid to linen, overall 31 1/4 x 61 1/4 inches (79.5 x 155.5 cm), the neatlines about 29 3/4 x 60 (75.5 x 151 cm); framed. Lightly dust soiled but very attractive overall, likely formerly folded to a 15 x 12 inch folding map with board, the upper right and upper left vertical margins with old paper mounts over the sheet edge to the plate marks, a few repaired tears into image on the right side, a few small losses at corners, some minor paper or color infill, the frame verso with a conservation report dated 1992.

Provenance: Collection of John I. Scull, descendant of Nicholas Scull, who gifted the map to Nicholas Biddle Wainwright, also a Scull descendant in 1960 (see copies of correspondence between them);
by descent in the family

A very attractive copy with fine provenance of "the first large scale map of Pennsylvania and one of the most important eighteenth-century maps engraved in what is now the United States" (Streeter). Surveyor and cartographer Nicholas Scull (1700-1762) was the son of a mapmaker of the same name and is known to have been a member of Benjamin Franklin's Junto. Scull is also believed to have been able to speak the local Delaware Indian language. Scull undertook his ambitious survey at the time of the French & Indian War, when there was little settlement in western Pennsylvania, and the map is a wealth of known information on towns, Native American trails and much else. Wroth noted that this is "The first map of Pennsylvania to be published in America [and] the most ambitious cartographical work to come from an American source before the Revolution." The map is the largest printed in America in the 18th century. The map is held by only about a dozen institutions and is infrequently offered at auction. Evans 8489; Streeter sale 2:965; Wheat & Brun 423; Sellers & Van Ee 1294; Phillips, p. 673.


C The Christine Biddle Wainwright Collection

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold for $88,200 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold for $88,200 (includes buyer's premium)

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