Auction 129, Lot 41

"A New Chart of the World, on Mercator's Projection: Exhibiting the Tracks & Discoveries of the Most Eminent Navigators, to the Present Period", Cary, John

Subject: World

Period: 1801 (dated)

Publication: Universal Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 17.8 inches
51.6 x 45.2 cm

This finely executed British map of the world is presented on the Mercator projection. It focuses on the voyages of discovery from the previous century. The track of each expedition is plotted and annotated with dates and specific important discoveries. All of Cook's voyages, as well as the explorations of Vancouver, la Perouse, etc, are delineated in fine detail. In North America, the west is depicted as a huge blank region devoid of detail save for a large lake adjacent to the Dogg Nation. In western Canada the Rocky Mountains are named the Stony Mountains and suddenly jog eastward several hundred miles as they enter the United States. Alaska is delineated in a somewhat bloated shape. New Zealand is completely mapped, and Tasmania is separated from the continent but Australia's southern coastline is in an early configuration with little detail. The map does not show interior political divisions but provides nice detail of watershed, topography, major cities and regions.

References: Rumsey 1657.003. Phillips (A) 714; The Map Collector, issue 43, p. 40-47.

Condition: B+

Lovely example with fine, dark impression and full original color and wide margins. There is a small area of flower-pressing stains at lower right and a few very small spots in blank ocean at top.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $425

Closed on 9/23/2009