Auction 148, Lot 101

"Mappa Geographica Regionem Mexicanam et Floridam Terrasque Adjacentes, ut et Anteriores Americae Insulas, Cursus Itidem et Reditus Navigantium Versus Flumen Missisipi...", Seutter/Lotter

Subject: Colonial North America & Caribbean

Period: 1770 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.9 x 19.6 inches
58.2 x 49.8 cm

This is one of the many versions of Delisle's important map of 1703 (Carte du Mexique et de la Floride). It provides a view of North America from the Great Lakes through the West Indies. The British colonies are confined east of the Appalachian Mountains, France controls the Mississippi Valley and Florida, and Spain possesses Mexico; political divisions as dictated by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. New Mexico is finely described with many native tribes and pueblos noted, including Acoma, Santa Clara, and Isleta. While geographically nearly identical to Delisle's chart, this map is very decorative with the lower left corner filled with a huge sea battle and the Atlantic filled with four inset plans of Panama, Havana, Carthagena and Vera Cruz. Engraved by Tobias Conrad Lotter and first published by Lotter’s father-in-law, Matthais Seutter, this edition was published by Lotter after he inherited the plate in 1758.

References: Martin & Martin, plt. 18.

Condition: A

Original color on watermarked paper with a small, professionally repaired hole in sea battle scene and a couple of minute worm holes, only visible when held to light.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 2/19/2014