Catalog Archive
Auction 100, Lot 78

"Novus Orbis sive America Meridionalis et Septentrionalis, per sua Regna, Provincias, et Insulas iuxta Observationes et Descriptiones Recentiss", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.5 inches
57.2 x 49.5 cm

Splendid map of the Americas with California as an Island based on the Sanson model. Directly above the island is the strait Fretum Anian with the coastline of Terra Isonis incogn, which is obscured by an elaborate pictorial cartouche relating to the religious conversion of the natives. The map is filled with place names and details. The tracks of the major voyages of exploration are shown in the Pacific. The large title cartouche depicts Native Americans fishing, cutting sugar cane, farming, and paying tribute to a chief. State two of the plate.

References: McLaughlin #211; Tooley (America) #91, plt. 61.

Condition: A

Full later color. Professional repair of two short tears in cartouche at bottom and a few tears in blank margins. Small paper flaw in blank area (Pacific Ocean) visible only when held to strong light. Overall a very dark impression.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 9/12/2002