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Auction 130, Lot 82

"A New Map of America from the latest Observations", Senex, John

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1719 (circa)

Publication: A New General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

22 x 19 inches
55.9 x 48.3 cm
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This great map of the Americas presents the Island of California shown with an indented northern coastline. Senex's depiction of the northwestern part of North America is most unusual with the coastline continuing far to the north of California and delineated with two lakes (L. Aquinanbock and L. of Isles), place names (Desolation and Zapezipin) and several offshore islands. The western interior is filled with a huge lake labeled The Great Lake of Thoago or Thoya, from which two rivers flow to the Pacific. The Mississippi River basin is based on Coronelli. Another remarkable feature of the map is a wide unnamed river flowing from Carolina into the Gulf of Mexico. South America takes on an unusual shape with the mythical Parime L and enlarged Rio de Plata. The large title cartouche is decorated with natives, parrots, turtles, serpents and scenes of battle and cannibalism. The map is dedicated to the Earl of Berkshire, Deputy Earl Marshal of England. Engraved by John Harris.

References: Cain (TMC-57) p.4; McLaughlin #193; Tooley (Amer) #81, p.130; Wagner #520.

Condition: B+

Good impression and original color. Lightly toned with a few minor spots. Old repair on bottom fold separation just entering map. Narrow, but adequate, bottom margin, as issued.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000


Closed on 12/2/2009