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Auction 123, Lot 122

"Tabula Mexicae et Floridae, Terrarum Anglicarum, et Anteriorum Americae Insularum; Item Circum et Circuituum Fluminis Mississipi…", Schenk, Pieter

Subject: Colonial North America and Caribbean

Period: 1722 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

24 x 19.3 inches
61 x 49 cm

This is Schenk's scarce derivative of Guillaume Delisle's influential "Carte du Mexique et de la Floride" (1703). Despite the title, this map covers a large portion of North America from the Great Lakes through the Caribbean, with Delisle's excellent depiction of the Mississippi River Valley. The Southwest shows missions and native villages, including Acoma, depcited perched on a mesa, as well as Taos, Santa Fe, and Casas Grandes. Schenk has added a vignette off the Pacific coast of Central America, reflecting the wealth of the region with an elaborate sea battle between Spanish and French forces and a scene of buccaneers unloading a treasure chest. The routes of the Spanish galleons are shown throughout the Caribbean.

References: Martin & Martin, pl #16.

Condition: B+

A superb impression with original color. The map has some faint stains in the lower portion of the map. Paper hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 2/20/2008