Auction 124, Lot 162

"Zee en Land-Togten der Franszen Gedaan na, en in't Americaans Gewest van Florida [with book] Verscheyde Scheeps-Togten na Florida…", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: Colonial Southeast

Period: 1706 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9 x 6 inches
22.9 x 15.2 cm

Interesting Dutch account of Spain's colonial establishment in the Southeast and Florida with 33 beautifully engraved views and one map. The views show scenes of native ceremonies, cannibalism, battles, and fortification plans. The outstanding map of the Southeast, based on the Mercator/Hondius prototype, shows the geography derived from the accounts of John Lederer, who described large interior lakes, an area of savanna at the foot of the Apalatcy Montes auriferi, and a desert region. Two French forts built by Ribaut in 1562 and Laudoniere in 1564 are labeled Karel Slot. The map is beautifully engraved with a large pictorial title cartouche depicting the landing of Ponce de Leon and a battle scene with the natives. The book contains 171 pages with an 18 page Register in the back. Rebound in marbled paper (19th century), lacking covers.

References: Cumming (SE) #143.

Condition: B+

The contents are toned and a bit foxed. Most of the views have short fold splits and edge separations, and a couple have been repaired with clear tape. The map is loose and has two slightly ragged edges, and is trimmed to neatline at top. The paper covers are a little shelf worn, and the front cover is starting to separate from the spine. The title on the front is a pasted down, printed label.

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,150

Closed on 5/7/2008