Auction 133, Lot 105

"[Lot of 2] Nova Tabula Geographica Complectens Borealiorem Americae Partem… [and] Carte Nouvelle contenant la Partie d'Amerique la Plus Septentrionale…", Visscher/Schenk

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1718 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 23 inches
47 x 58.4 cm

This stunning map on two separate sheets, covers the Atlantic coast from the Carolinas to Newfoundland, and from the Grand Bank to the Great Lakes. It includes Lake Ontario and parts of Lakes Huron and Erie with a portion of Hudson Bay at the top. The map does not appear to be based on any one source, but draws from the Coronelli/Nolin map of 1689 as well as Dutch and English sources. It displays the divisions between the French and British colonies, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Carolina with meticulously engraved towns and topography. It depicts the colonial settlements along the seaboard and the rivers, while in the interior a number of native nations are shown. The southern portion of the map shows the May River leading from the fictitious Apalache Lac , and the sea off the coast is called The Sea of Virginy. Both sheets have compass roses and soundings noted along the coasts. One map contains the French title and the other the Latin title. They were clearly engraved in such a manner that allowed both unification as a two-sheet map and as individual maps, as can be seen by the guide lines inside each map. Size given is for each sheet. Engraved by Luggert van Anse. This is an apparently unrecorded state. It includes the additional mountains and trees and Peter Schenk's imprint, but there is an embellishment of an Indian maiden added just above Apalache Lac. We can find no image of this on any state we have examined.

References: Burden #731; McCorkle #689.8; Kershaw #319.

Condition: A+

Superb impression and original color.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 9/1/2010