Auction 126, Lot 79

"A New Projection of the Western Hemisphere of the Earth on a Plane (shewing the proportions of its several parts nearly as on a Globe)", Bowen, Thomas

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1776 (dated)

Publication: Gentlemen's Magazine

Color: Black & White

9 x 9.3 inches
22.9 x 23.6 cm

This map presents the hemisphere on an unusual projection developed by John Hardy of Eton College. The map is split into two football-shaped halves with the Caribbean Islands nestled in the spaces between. The colonies of Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia are shown with their western boundaries on the Mississippi River. The Pacific Northwest is elongated with the Alaskan region greatly distorted. The map was engraved and drawn by Thomas Bowen and published by F. Newbery on May 1st, 1776.

References: Jolly GENT-244.

Condition: B+

Folding as issued the map has some offsetting from itself and from adjacent text page, else very good. Old paper laid in at binding trim.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 12/3/2008