Auction 116, Lot 83

"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

This striking map of the Americas with a prominent California as an Island is based on the Sanson model. Directly above the island is the strait Fretum Anian with the coastline of Terra Esonis 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 in the Pacific. The large title cartouche depicts Native Americans fishing, cutting sugar cane, farming, and paying tribute to a chief.

References: McLaughlin #211-2; Tooley (America) #91, plt. 61.

Condition: B

Faint damp stain in bottom margin, just entering map at center. Original color in map with added color in cartouches.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,100

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 9/20/2006