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Auction 133, Lot 76

"Bowles's New Pocket-Map of America, Divided into its Provinces, Colonies, States, Governments, & c. Exhibiting the British & Spanish Empires…", Bowles, Carrington

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1784 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 19.6 inches
54.6 x 49.8 cm
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This large map covers the Americas with an extensive key to the colonial possessions. In North America the United States extends to the Mississippi River and there are 14 states listed. Spain is shown in control of the entire western part of North America and Florida. The British possessions in Canada extend only to the Lake Winnipeg region, and France retains only a small sliver of Newfoundland. In South America, Spain and Portugal dominate the continent. There are a number of interesting notations including several regarding the search for a Northwest Passage and one that notes that California was once believed to be an island. The West Sea is named but not delineated. Despite the title, this is not a pocket map; it was printed on a sturdy sheet and issued in atlas form.


Condition: A

Fine original color. There is some minor soil and repaired fold separations in the margins.

Estimate: $650 - $800

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/1/2010