Auction 121, Lot 85

"North America, as Divided amongst the European Powers", Dunn, Samuel

Subject: North America

Period: 1774 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

17.4 x 12 inches
44.2 x 30.5 cm

First edition of this copper engraved map details North America just prior to the start of the Revolutionary War. The map notes various explorations along the West Coast, including those of Sr. Francis Drake, Juan De La Fuca, Tchirikow, and the Land which is supposed to be the Fousang of the Chinese Geographers. Alaska reaches nearly to Kamchatka with Mt. St. John near its westernmost extent. The area is labeled as Discoveries made by the Russians, during the last twenty Years. The mythical River of the West is a long dotted line that connects Aguilar's entrance north of San Francisco Bay (here called Drake's Harbor) with a river system below Lake Winnipeg. Several Indian tribes are located and major cities are named. Texas is here called New Leon. Light outline coloring indicates the colonial holdings throughout the continent. Printed for and published by Robert Sayer.

References: Sellers & Van Ee #131.

Condition: A

An excellent impression on a strong sheet with original outline coloring. The wide original margins have a little minor discoloration, well away from the map.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/26/2007