"Western Hemisphere", Neele & Son
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1815 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14.6 x 15.1 inches
37.1 x 38.4 cm
This decorative map of the Western Hemisphere extends to show New Zealand and various islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean. There is nice detail of the major rivers and some place names in the Americas, including New York, Boston, Washington, Williamsburg, Charleston, and New Orleans. New Albion and the present-day American Southwest are still part of Mexico. The northern border of Alaska is speculative and surrounded by "impenetrable ice." A fragment of Sandwich Land peeks out of the Antarctic Circle. The map is surrounded by four striking vignettes showing an Inuit staring into a mirror (top left), a native hoisting fruit while another mines underground (top right), a zodiac chart (bottom left), and a globe with ships traversing the oceans (bottom right). Engraved by Neele & Son.
On a watermarked sheet with several manuscript notations delineating explorers' tracks and marginal soiling. There are some chips and tears along the sheet's edges, including one that just enters the image at top, which have been repaired with archival materials.