18th-century atlas of North America sells for $341K in NYC


NEW YORK >> An 18th-century atlas of North America featuring detailed maps of New York City and British military campaigns during the Revolutionary War has sold for $341,000 at auction.

The North American atlas published by British cartographer William Faden in the late 1770s was the top seller at Swann Auction Galleries' sale of maps and atlases dating back to the 16th century.

Faden was the geographer to King George III.

The atlas contains maps of British military campaigns early in the American Revolution. It also has a plan of Manhattan showing settlement at the island's southern tip and farms to the north.

The document was sold by the heirs of Robert H. Elliston, a collector from western Pennsylvania.

The pre-sale estimate was $300,000 to $500,000. It sold on Tuesday.


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