"Nova Orbis sive America Septentrionalis, divisa per sua Regna Provinc: et Insul", Seutter/Lotter
Subject: North America
Period: 1744 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
10 x 7.8 inches
25.4 x 19.8 cm
A superb small map with California as an island on the second Sanson model, showing two bays on the north end of the island. The island is also very narrow in the center, almost becoming two islands, a theory proposed by Father Luis Velarde. The map is densely covered with placenames, and the northern extremes are strangely elongated. The large title cartouche, surrounded by Native Americans and birds, takes nearly the entire upper left quarter, conveniently obscuring the northwest coast with the exception of a portion of the Terra Esonis incogn. Tobias Conrad Lotter's strong engraving style is evident. This is the third edition.
References: McLaughlin #221; Tooley (America) pp. 133, #95.
Original hand color on a strong sheet with a very faint damp stain at the top and bottom.