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Auction 175, Lot 77

Schenk's Derivative of Delisle's Influential 1703 Map

"Tabula Mexicae et Floridae, Terrarum Anglicarum, et Anteriorum Americae Insularum; Item Cursuum et Circuituum Fluminis Mississipi...", Schenk, Pieter

Subject: Colonial Eastern North America & West Indies

Period: 1722 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23.9 x 18.5 inches
60.7 x 47 cm
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This is Schenk's scarce derivative of Guillaume Delisle's influential "Carte du Mexique et de la Floride" (1703). Despite the title, this map covers a large portion of North America from the Great Lakes through the Caribbean, with Delisle's excellent depiction of the Mississippi River Valley. The Southwest shows missions and native villages, including Acoma, depcited perched on a mesa, as well as Taos, Santa Fe, and Casa Grande. Schenk has added a vignette off the Pacific coast of Central America, reflecting the wealth of the region with an elaborate sea battle between Spanish and French forces and a scene of buccaneers unloading a treasure chest. The routes of the Spanish galleons are shown throughout the Caribbean.

References: Martin & Martin, pl #16.

Condition: B+

Full contemporary color with light offsetting. There is a very narrow strip of loss (1/16") along the bottom 2" of centerfold with only a few letters missing from place names that has been closed on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 11/13/2019