Auction 127, Lot 73

"Novus Orbis sive America Meridionalis et Septentrionalis, per sua Regna, Provincias, et Insulas iuxta Observationes et Descriptiones Recentiss", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.5 inches
57.2 x 49.5 cm

This striking map of the Americas with a prominent island of California is based on the second Sanson model, with two indented bays in the northern coast. Directly above the island is the strait of Fretum Anian and the coastline of Terra Esonis incogn, which is obscured by an elaborate pictorial cartouche relating to the religious conversion of the natives. The Great Lakes are somewhat distorted, with large extensions coming off of the west coasts of Superior and Lake Michigan. A suggestion of a Northwest Passage is hinted at above the Anian R. The map is filled with place names, and details the tracks of the major voyages of exploration in the Pacific. An array of exotic birds flutter above the large title cartouche that depicts Native Americans fishing, cutting sugar cane, farming, and paying tribute to a chief.

References: McLaughlin #211-2; Tooley (Amer) pp. 132, #91, plt. 61.

Condition: A

Superb impression and original color. There is a professional repaired minor fold separation at bottom and a bit of minor soil in the margins and map corners. Linen hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,400

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/25/2009