Auction 139, Lot 154

"Nova Anglia Septentrionali Americae Implantata Anglorumque Coloniis Florentissima", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Colonial New England and Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 19 inches
56.6 x 48.3 cm

This handsome map shows the English colonies of Nova Anglia and New Jarsey and the Dutch colony of Novum Belgium - Nieuw Nederland - New Jork. It covers the region from Delaware Bay to Eastport, Maine. Numerous soundings and navigation hazards are noted along the coastlines. Oversized lakes appear in the interior of New England and New York, notably Lake Champlain (which is grossly misplaced) and Sennecaas Lacus. Cape Cod and Cape Ann are both depicted as islands and Boston Harbor is exceedingly large. The fictitious region of Norumbeag is placed in present-day Maine at the head of Penebrock Bay. Various Indian tribe names are identified on the map, as are numerous colonial settlements along the coastlines and rivers. The cartouche depicts a European sea captain negotiating with an Indian chief. They are surrounded with trade goods, alluding to the natural wealth of the region.

References: McCorkle #724.1; Portinaro & Knirsch #116; Sellers & Van Ee #806.

Condition: C+

Lovely color on watermarked paper with a few cracks along centerfold due to the oxidation of the original green pigment, most of which have been closed on verso with archival materials. There is also a tiny hole along centerfold in unengraved area towards bottom that has been closed with archival materials. Two short tears in bottom blank margin, one of which enters 1/2" into map image, have both been repaired.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,400


Closed on 2/15/2012