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Auction 151, Lot 113

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

Subject: Colonial Eastern United States & Canada

Period: 1761 (dated)

Publication: The Continuation of Dr. Smollett's History of England

Color: Hand Color

14.8 x 10.8 inches
37.6 x 27.4 cm

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: A

Issued folding on watermarked paper with a few spots of printer's ink residue. A binding trim at right has been replaced with old paper, and an associated 1" binding tear has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $500

Closed on 11/19/2014