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Auction 153, Lot 81

"A New & Accurate Map of North America; Drawn from the Most Authentic Modern Maps and Charts", Bowen, Thomas

Subject: North America

Period: 1778 (circa)

Publication: Middleton's Complete System of Geography

Color: Hand Color

17.2 x 10.4 inches
43.7 x 26.4 cm

This map of North America is particularly interesting for its depiction of the Pacific Northwest, which is labeled Parts Unknown. Alaska is shown as the small island of Alaschka in the Northern Archipelago. The discoveries of Bering and Tschirikow (1741), Juan de Fuca (1592), and Martin d'Aguilar (1603) are noted along the Pacific coastline of North America. The mythical West Sea, north of New Albion, is shown as an open ended Strait of Juan De Fuca and is not delineated in the interior. The British colonies are shown with boundaries extending to the Mississippi River. Louisiana is wedged between the Mississippi and New Mexico. East and West Florida are named. Indian tribes are noted throughout. In the Pacific the Hawaii Islands have yet to be discovered and a partial island is "Land seen by Mendana."

References: McCorkle (18th C. Geography) #280-13.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with faint scattered foxing and light offsetting from an opposing page of text.

Estimate: $230 - $275

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/20/2015