Auction 134, Lot 310

"A Map of the British Empire in America with the French, Spanish and the Dutch Settlements adjacent thereto by Henry Popple", Popple/Covens & Mortier

Subject: Colonial North America and West Indies

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 23 inches
52.1 x 58.4 cm

This striking map, which stands completely on its own merits with full borders and a superb cartouche, is actually part of Covens & Mortier's reduction of Henry Popple's extremely influential map of the British possessions in North America. Popple's chart was originally published in 20 sheets and the Amsterdam firm of Covens and Mortier reduced it to four, more manageable sheets. This sheet is the left quadrant that covers the Gulf of Mexico and Central America. The chart is intensely detailed with names of harbors, towns & settlements, topographical features, forests and rivers. There are numerous fine sailing ships and the course of the Spanish galleons from Vera Cruz to Havana is identified. The fabulous pictorial cartouche features Native Americans and colonial merchants representing the wealth of the region. The sheet title is in the top margin, Nouvelle Carte Particuliere de l'Amerique ou sont exactement marquees les Provinces suivantes comme la Caroline Meridionale, la Floride, la Louisiane, le Mexique, le Jucatan, le Guatimala, le Darien, & une Partie de Cuba.

References: cf Cumming (SE) #231; McCorkle #741.2.

Condition: A

Superb impression and original outline color. There is some paper restoration in the corners of the blank margins, but the map is fine.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,750

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 12/1/2010