Item #56513 View of the Rapids of the Ohio and of Louisville Taken from the Village of Clarkesville.

View of the Rapids of the Ohio and of Louisville Taken from the Village of Clarkesville.

(Paris, 1805). Engraved view (“Grave par Tardieu l’aîné”), 7 x 9 in. (platemark) with margins trimmed (9 x 12 for the sheet), published as plate 18 in Georges Collot’s A Journey in North America (Paris, 1824-26). A little browning around the edges, old light tideline affecting lower corner, including image, otherwise very good. Item #56513

Cf. Howes C-601 (illustrated with 11 maps, 14 plans, and 11 plates, including 8 views): “Gen. Collot’s survey, the most detailed of the western interior up to his time, was made in 1796, probably in concert with Genet’s abortive scheme for involving that section in attacking the Spanish possessions in Florida and Louisiana. Both English and French editions were printed, simultaneously, in 1805, but not published until 1826, at which time all but 100 copies of the English and 300 of the French were deliberately destroyed.” Siebert sale 819 ($107,000). We have examined three copies of the atlas to the book. In each case all of the plates are folded; this one is untrimmed and has never been folded. Stokes’s American Historical Prints mentions no earlier view of Louisville.

Price: $1,250.00