Auction 113, Lot 96

"A Map of the West-Indies or the Islands of America in the North Sea; with ye adjacent Countries; explaning what belongs to Spain, England, France, Holland &c. also ye Trade Winds, and ye several Tracts made by ye Galeons and Flota from Place to Place", Moll, Herman

Subject: Colonial America

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: The World Described, or a New and Correct Sett of Maps

Color: Hand Color

40 x 23.3 inches
101.6 x 59.2 cm

This large and incredible chart is filled with so much information, notes, place names and interesting configurations that it almost defies description. The map itself extends west to include the Rio Grande, south to northern South America to include all of the Caribbean including the Leeward and Windward Islands, and north to just show Charles Town. The rich silver mining area of Caouila (Coahuila) is shown in New Mexico. Louisiana occupies the entire Gulf Coast and is noted as being "in Possession of ye French." Florida is depicted in the triangular form and is called the region of "Lakes, Morasse's and Broken Land." Georgia extends west to the Apalaxy River and is labeled Carolina - English. Texas is not named, but the region is labeled Quelameloueches and is a Country full of Beeves. This region extends to name New Mexico, which itself is above New Leon in northern Mexico. Interesting notation describes the route to transport cannons to Acapulco. Many details in the sea and Gulf relate to the routes of Spanish Gallions and many other notes on the Trade Routes to Spain. The lines of longitude show the number of hours difference from London. Includes a large inset of Mexico City. Also five smaller insets detail Havana, St. Augustin, Portobello, Cartagena and Vera Cruz. Fine dedication cartouche to Wil. Paterson. Published by Thomas and John Bowles. Two sheets, joined.


Condition: B

A very nice example with strong impression and original color. Light stain along Gulf Coast. Professionally backed with thick archival paper. Tiny amount of loss just affecting border at two folds.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,100

Closed on 12/7/2005