Auction 139, Lot 104

"A New Map of North America Shewing all the New Discoveries", Morse, Jedidiah (Rev.)

Subject: North America

Period: 1797 (dated)

Publication: American Gazetteer

Color: Black & White

9.3 x 7.5 inches
23.6 x 19.1 cm

This small map of North America served as the frontispiece to Morse's American Gazetteer. Florida is divided into East and West Florida. Sir Francis Drake's Harbor is shown on the coast of present-day California which is labeled New Albion. A prominent River of the West flows into the Pacific at the Entrance of Juan de Fuca and an elaborate, appcryphal Northwest Passage links Hudson Bay with Prince William Sound through a laborious system of rivers and lakes in Canada. The Arctic shoreline is indicated with a dashed line. Engraved by Samuel Hill.

References: Wheat & Brun #60, Wheat (TMW) #244.

Condition: B+

The upper margin has been extended to better accommodate framing causing the publisher's imprint to be only partially visible. There is also a small spot in the Atlantic Ocean next to the neatline.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/15/2012