[STREETER COPY] SEARCY, I. G. Map of Florida constructed principally from authentic documents in the Land office at Tallahassee by I. G. Searcy.
Published by I.G. Searcy Tallahassee & F. Lucas Jr., Baltimore, 24 September 1829. Large hand-colored engraved map, dissected and laid to linen and folding into marbled boards, housed in a cloth case with red morocco lettering label. Overall 48 1/2 x 37 1/2 inches (123 x 95 cm). Some spotting, soiling and toning mostly along folds and visible in ocean areas, small typed label to one board, the colors fresh and in original condition, the T.W. Streeter copy with his small label to the verso and the original lot tag laid-in the box.
The Streeter copy of an extremely rare and beautiful map of the Florida territory, published in 1829 to encourage settlement in the period between the United States acquisition of Florida from Spain in 1821 and admittance to statehood in 1845. From the northwest the map reaches from the Alabama River to the Savannah River in Georgia to the east; to the south the map terminates at the northern coast of Cuba. The Florida Keys are particularly well delineated. Within the mainland, numerous and substantial land grants are recorded as are Indian boundary lines and the "Track of the Indians across the peninsula," a reference to the removal of the Seminole. As the largest settlement at the time, the grid of Tallahassee's streets are presented in an inset. The Searcy map, large and functional, is of the utmost rarity today with Rare Book Hub recording no copy at auction since the Streeter sale in 1967 and only two Goodspeed records before that. WorldCat reports copies at the Library of Congress and Newberry Library. We located an uncolored copy in the Touchton Map Library. Streeter noted his acquisition of the map from Montague Hankin in 1940. Streeter 1220.
C The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation
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