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Auction 174, Lot 115

The Northeastern Sheet of the Reduced-Size Edition of Popple's Map

"Nouvelle Carte Particuliere de l'Amerique ou sont Exactement Marquees la Nouvelle Bretagne, le Canada ou Nouvelle France, la Nouvelle Ecosse, la Nouvelle Angleterre, la Nouvelle York, la Pensilvanie, Mary-Land, la Caroline Septentrionale...", Popple/Covens & Mortier

Subject: Colonial Northeastern United States & Canada

Period: 1741 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 22.5 inches
52.6 x 57.2 cm
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This is the northeast sheet of Covens & Mortier's edition of A Map of the British Empire in America, Popple's monumental map of North America. Popple's map was the most important map to detail the country before John Mitchell's map of 1755. Popple based his map on firsthand information gathered over several years at the Board of Trade and Plantations. First issued in London on twenty sheets in 1733, it was the first large-scale British map to provide an overall view of the eastern half of North America. As tensions grew between the colonial powers, the map became immensely influential throughout Europe and was copied by several cartographers.

This sheet covers the region from Labrador to Cape Fear, North Carolina, and inland to the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. It is filled with incredible detail including the important Grand Fishing Bank of New-Foundland. The sea is filled with a myriad of different ships and fishing boats. The map stands on its own with complete borders with title above top border. Engraved by I. Condet.

References: cf. Kershaw #338; McCorkle #741.4.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a sturdy watermarked sheet with contemporary color. There is a small unobtrusive hole in the Atlantic only visible when held to light, and old tape residue along the sheet's edges on verso.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 9/11/2019