"America", Schreiber, Johann Christoph
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1749 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
9 x 6.4 inches
22.9 x 16.3 cm
This small and handsome map depicts North and South America, with California shown as an island and the Great Lakes depicted as an amorphous body of water. The Missouri River appears as an unusual waterway with three small lakes named Fl. Marlis Moingona (on the first state the name is Fl. Mortis Moingona) branching off the Mississippi and emptying into the Mare Vermeio. The Strait of Anian is shown in the Pacific Northwest, separating a large Terra Esonis Incognita from California. There are numerous, meticulously engraved place names throughout the map, including Quivira and Grand Teguaio in the west. The title cartouche is surrounded by native figures and products of the Americas. This is the second state, with variations in the cartouche and text at bottom right.
References: McLaughlin #233-2.
Issued folding, now flat, on watermarked paper with minor foxing and a couple errant dots of colorist's ink.