Auction 142, Lot 139

"A New Map of North America; with the West India Islands...", Sayer, Robert

Subject: Eastern Canada & United States

Period: 1783 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

46.3 x 20.1 inches
117.6 x 51.1 cm

This is the northern half of a large, influential map with a long and varied publishing history. Originated by Emanuel Bowen & John Gibson and published by Robert Sayer in circa 1755 to illustrate the seat of the French and Indian War, the map went through numerous revisions and editions to document the expanding cartographic knowledge and political landscape of North America. This is the tenth edition; the second issue following the formation of the United States. The map provides an extremely detailed view of the continent at the conclusion of the American Revolution. The United States is shown with its 1783 treaty border and the French and Spanish possessions are noted. It locates hundreds of settlements and Indian villages and is filled with interesting notations referring to native tribes and historical events. A number of roads are shown on the map stretching all the way to the Southwest. There is an interesting inset illustrating the ongoing search for a Northwest Passage, showing Baffin and Hudson Bays with the fictional Lake de Fonte reaching nearly to Baffin Bay. The map is embellished with a bold title cartouche featuring Native Americans and indigenous animals. Printed on two sheets, joined as issued. The lower two sheets are not included.

References: Stevens & Tree (MCC-39) #49-j.

Condition: C

There is offsetting and light soiling, and several fold separations that have been archivally repaired. Two long vertical tears to the right of the inset have been closed on verso with old paper. A previous owner stamped the recto in three locations, which have since been covered up with old paper.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300


Closed on 11/28/2012