Catalog Archive
Auction 115, Lot 184

"Carolinae Floridae nec non Insularum Bahamensium…", Seligmann, Johann Michael

Subject: Colonial Southeast and Bahamas

Period: 1755 (dated)

Publication: Die Natur Hist. Beschreibung von Carolina, Florida

Color: Hand Color

23.3 x 17 inches
59.2 x 43.2 cm

This is a very scarce and important map of the Southeastern United States. The handsome map extends to include the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Yucatan. The map is from the German edition of Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, a seminal work on American flora and fauna. The map depicts the Southeastern United States as far west as the Mississippi River and is colored to show the British Colonies in pink, French possessions in green and the regions controlled by Spain in yellow. Catesby drew on several important maps for the content, including the manuscript of Captain John Barnwell (1722) that incorporates several details not found on earlier printed maps. He also used Popple's great 20-sheet map as seen by the river configuration in Georgia and the dotted trail connecting Fort Argyle to Combahee River.

References: Cumming (SE) #292.

Condition: A

Issued folding, now pressed. Some repairs in blank margins. Bit of minor color offsetting in map, still very good.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Sold for: $6,000

Closed on 6/21/2006