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Auction 151, Lot 78

"A New & Accurate Map of North America; with the New Discovered Islands on the North East Coast of Asia", Bankes, Thomas

Subject: North America

Period: 1790 (circa)

Publication: Bankes's New System of Geography

Color: Hand Color

17.2 x 10.4 inches
43.7 x 26.4 cm

This map of North America focuses on the discoveries of Captain Cook in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Alaska is fairly well formed, although much of the Aleutian Island chain is depicted as a peninsula. Northern Canada is marked Parts Unknown, and northern California is New Albion. The northeast coast of Asia is depicted with a well formed Kamtschatka Peninsula. New Mexico encompasses present-day Louisiana and Texas, while the eastern seaboard states all extend to the Mississippi River. On the continent, the political divisions are delineated by dotted lines, and numerous Indian nations are located. Although there is no engraver's signature, Thomas Bowen is known to have prepared the maps for Bankes's New System of Geography.


Condition: B

Issued folding, now flattened, with a few small stains near Alaska, some extraneous creases that have been pressed. There are two tears (1.25" and 4" in length) and one small hole in the Pacific that have all been repaired archivally repaired.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $120

Closed on 11/19/2014