Catalog Archive
Auction 102, Lot 252

"A Draft of the Golden &c Adjacent islands… [and] A New Map of ye Isthmus of Darien in America", Hacke, William (Capt.)

Subject: Central America

Period: 1699 (published)


Color: Black & White

19 x 23.5 inches
48.3 x 59.7 cm

Two maps on one sheet. The upper map shows the north coast of Panama with part of the San Blas Islands and features the short-lived colony of New Edinburgh. The Company of Scotland established this ill-fated trading settlement on the Darien coast of Panama in 1698. The colony was well located with a good harbor but within a year the colony failed amid devastating illness and attack by Spanish galleons. The failure of the Darien Scheme (as it became known) contributed greatly to the crippling of the entire Scottish economy that eventually led the dissolution of the Scottish Parliament and the 1707 Act of Union with England. The lower map, attributed to Hacke and Robert Morden, shows the whole isthmus of Panama with part Costa Rica and Colombia. Both maps were finely engraved by Herman Moll with rhumb lines, compass roses, sailing ships, soundings and decorative cartouches. This is the rare first edition.

References: Kapp (Panama) #27.

Condition: A

A nice crisp impression. Professional repairs in margins including paper replacement in four small holes at corners, one affecting a tiny bit of neatline.

Estimate: $2,400 - $2,500


Closed on 3/5/2003