Sale 22JK01 | Lot 265

[WEST FLORIDA] CHESTER, PETER. Three crudely printed land grants for West Florida, each engrossed in manuscript, with an attached manuscript survey map.

Catalogue: The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation
[WEST FLORIDA]  CHESTER, PETER. Three crudely printed land grants for West Florida, each engrossed in manuscript, with an attached manuscript survey map.

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Lot 265
[WEST FLORIDA] CHESTER, PETER. Three crudely printed land grants for West Florida, each engrossed in manuscript, with an attached manuscript survey map.
Pensacola, Florida, 1st September, 1777; 24 November 1777; and 10 September 1779. The grants 7 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches (18.5 x 30 cm); all a single leaf, secretarially completed in manuscript and signed by Peter Chester, the Captain General, Governor and Commander in Chief of West-Florida, with the affixed wafer seal; each with accompanying survey map in ink at a scale of 20 chains to an inch, the latter two notated as true copies by Elias Durnford, the Surveyor General for the Province, Usual folds, a little soiling and wear but in generally remarkably good condition. The latter two Thomas W. Streeter's examples, one with his label on verso.

Of this class of documents, Streeter noted "These forms are thought to be from the earliest Florida press and to antedate the earliest Florida printings described by McMurtrie (St. Augustine, 1783) by several years..." (description for the lot preceding these). This press was apparently situated about 10 miles from Fort Natchesen. These are likely the earliest procurable examples of Florida printing. Streeter also noted of this pair "The watermark on the grant of November twenty-fourth is MGL LOSA as on two of the forms in the preceding lot. The watermark on the grant of September 10, 1779, is of the British arms." The 1772 grant is for 1,000 acres; the 1777 grant is for 626 acres to "John Brown a Reduced Captain"; that of 1779, a grant of 200 acres on Lake Pontchartrain to one Morris Smith. Streeter Sale 1188.


C The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Sold for $8,190 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Sold for $8,190 (includes buyer's premium)

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The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation

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