Auction 159, Lot 331

"A Draft of the Golden & Adjacent Islands, with Part of ye Isthmus of Darien as It Was Taken by Capt. Ienefer. Where ye Scots West-India Company Were Setteled", Hacke, William (Capt.)

Subject: Panama

Period: 1710 (published)


Color: Hand Color

19.1 x 11.6 inches
48.5 x 29.5 cm

The short-lived colony of New Edinburgh is featured on this map of the north coast of Panama with part of the San Blas Islands. The Company of Scotland established this ill-fated trading settlement on the Darien coast of Panama in 1698. The colony was well located with a good harbor but within a year the colony failed amid devastating illness and attacks by Spanish galleons. The failure of the Darien Scheme (as it became known) contributed greatly to the crippling of the entire Scottish economy that eventually led to the dissolution of the Scottish Parliament and the 1707 Act of Union with England. Finely engraved by Herman Moll with rhumb lines, large compass rose, sailing ships, soundings, decorative drape title cartouche, and dedication enclosed in a vine cartouche. This is the top half of a folio sheet that also included a map of Panama.

References: Kapp (MCC-73) #27.

Condition: B

On watermarked paper with attractive original outline color and later color in the decorative elements. There is one small hole in an unengraved area along the coastline, light scattered foxing, and a chip in right blank margin that has been repaired. Remargined at bottom with neatline in facsimile.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/14/2016