Auction 132, Lot 72

"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)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.5 x 19.5 inches
57.2 x 49.5 cm

The island of California is the prominent feature of this map of the Americas. The island 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 spurious bays on the west coasts of lakes Superior and Michigan. A suggestion of a Northwest Passage is hinted at through a portage between rivers inspired by the reports of Baron Lahontan. 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. A secondary cartouche contains text relating the important discoveries in America and the conversion of the natives to Christianity. This is the first state without Clima labels in the side borders.

References: McLaughlin #211-1; Tooley (Amer) pp. 132, #91, plt. 61.

Condition: B

Sharp impression and original color with some minor soil within the map. The margins have been professionally restored with the leaf-casting method with expert facsimile in the top border just to the right of Greenland. Two 1-1/2" tears have been repaired at bottom. The conservation was very skillfully executed.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 6/2/2010

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