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Auction 147, Lot 117

"A New Map of North America from the Latest Discoveries", Spilsbury, J.

Subject: Colonial United States & Canada

Period: 1761 (dated)

Publication: Smollett's Continuation of the Complete History of England

Color: Hand Color

15 x 10.9 inches
38.1 x 27.7 cm
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This is the uncommon first state, not the 1763 edition from London Magazine, of this fine map noting the colonial possessions in North America eastward from Texas to the Atlantic coast. It shows early settlements, forts, Indian villages, and tribal territory. The colonies have boundaries extending past the map's western border. Various treaty and charter boundaries are shown. Earl Granville's Property stretches from the Atlantic west to beyond the Mississippi River. In Florida, a line from Fort St. George to St. Mark delineates the Limits Stipulated in 1738 and below, nearly to Cape Canaveral, are the Bounds of Carolina by Charter of 1665. The fishing banks off Canada are prominently outlined. The map is enhanced by a delicate title cartouche and fancy compass rose.

References: McCorkle #761-3; Sellers & Van Ee #89.

Condition: B+

A nice impression issued folding on watermarked paper. There is a 1/2" binding tear at right, a small stain in Canada, and faint offsetting.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $650

Closed on 11/20/2013