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Includes Unrecorded State of Franklin Map

Nice example of Zimmerman's Tachenbuch der Reisen, which includes an unrecorded state of Zimmerman's map of the United States, which lists as State XX, the short lived attempt to create a State named for Benjamin Franklin.  

Other interesting items in the book include:

  • Early Plan of Washington, D.C.
  • Portrait of Indian Chief Mico Chlucco (King of the Seminole Indians)
  • An early view of the Mission in Monterey, California (from Vancouver)
  • A full length portrait of two California Indians
  • Several natural history prints

The "State of Franklin," shown here to the west of Virginia and the east of Kentucky, was a short lived breakaway political movement that brought together residents between North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, as noted below. 

In the latter part of the 18th century, the settlers in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee decided that because of poor representation in State Government, they needed to form a state of their own. A government was formed and initial organizational meetings conducted, but the breakaway state was quickly quelled by the North Carolina authorities, although not before the State of Franklinia began appearing on a number of English maps during the period. Ben Franklin himself responded that while he was honored by the decision to name a state after him, he was not able to relocate. In this instance, Franklinia is mislocated, placing it in what would become West Virginia.