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Auction 118, Lot 244

"Virginia Marylandia et Carolina in America Septentrionali Britannorum industria excultae", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1714-30 (published)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.3 inches
58.4 x 49 cm

This handsome map of the mid-Atlantic colonies is balanced with a pictorial cartouche filling the lower right. This is the first state without additional text below Norimbergae in the cartouche. There is a large hypothetical lake, Apalache Lacus west of Craven County, Carolina. Some counties and many rivers of eastern Virginia are shown, but western Virginia is vague with only Germantown, Mister Krug's Plantation and Fort Christ Anna located. Florida is shown extending west of Virginia, all the way north to Lake Erie. Maryland along Chesapeake Bay shows many rivers and towns with soundings in most bays. Philadelphia is clearly shown although Pennsylvania is divided by a rambling Sasquesahanag River and is only vaguely depicted. New Jersey is divided vertically into west and east sections with a large Sandy Hook, a minuscule Manhattan, and a thin Long Island Sound. The huge title cartouche depicts European merchants, Indians, trade goods, and the fruits of land and sea - imagery intended to attract people to the New World.

References: Cumming (SE) #156

Condition: A+

Fine example with very early, crisp impression and fine original color printed on thick paper with original margins.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 3/6/2007