Sketches, historical and topographical, of the Floridas; more particularly of East Florida.

New York: C.S. Van Winkle, 1821.

Price: $3,750.00

About the item

First and only edition. Folding frontispiece map. 226pp. plus leaf of publisher's advertisements. 8vo. Later half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Hinges a bit worn, but still sound. Moderately foxed. A few small tears in map, one other small tear neatly repaired. Sabin 2504; Streeter sale 1205; Clark II:203; Howes F243; Servies 1078.

Item #345991

A guide to East Florida at the time it was ceded to the U.S., designed to attract investors and settlers to the "Forbes Purchase," encompassing over one million acres on the Apalachicola bay and river. An appendix reprints some historical documents, including a bilingual version of the treaty of cession. Sabin does not note the map, and Howes states it was not issued in all copies. It depicts the Apalachicola river and bay and includes a plan of Collin Mitchell's proposed town of Colinton, with street names, squares, etc. Mitchell's claim was apparently invalid, and his dreams of a town with his name started and ended with this map. A rare piece of early American Floridiana.