"Nova Designatio Insulae Jamaicae ex Antillanis Americae Septentrion…", Seutter, Matthias
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 19.3 inches
55.4 x 49 cm
This large, colorful and beautifully engraved map shows the island divided into thirteen precincts, and is filled with numerous place names, forts, churches, rivers, plantations, and pastures. Certainly the most graphic feature is the highly decorative title cartouche that depicts native inhabitants gathering and processing sugar cane, while a mermaid and several sea turtles look on. A lovely compass rose and Latin text further embellish the map.
References: Kapp (MCC-42) #56, pl. XXI.
A dark impression with a long faint horizontal crease along the middle of the map that has been reinforced on verso, and the bottom edge of the sheet has been remargined with loss of neatline. Two chips in the side blank margins have been repaired with old paper, not affecting image.