A mysterious Georgia rarity

Ricard, Part of the State of Georgia , Paris, [ca 1830s?].
Engraving, 13 ½"h x 11 ½"w plus margins, spot color. Few manuscript annotations.

Rare map of eastern Georgia, likely promoting a French settlement or investment scheme in Bullock County and environs, where three tracts of land are highlighted in pink, with manuscript annotations possibly indicating acreage.

We date the map to the 1830s based on the depiction of the Savannah, Ogeechee and Altamaha Canal. The initial 16-mile Savannah-Ogeechee stretch was finished in 1829 and is shown as such, while the remainder is here labeled “proposed” and was in fact never completed.

So far, our research has not led us to any definitive information on the source of the map or its purpose.

Not in OCLC, Phillips, or Rumsey, and no examples listed in Antique Map Price Record.


Minor toning along old center fold, else excellent