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Auction 181, Lot 103

"The English Empire in America,Newfoundland. Canada. Hudsons Bay. &c. in Plano", Moll, Herman

Subject: Colonial Eastern United States & Canada

Period: 1701 (published)

Publication: A System of Geography...

Color: Hand Color

7 x 8.4 inches
17.8 x 21.3 cm

This fascinating map of English possessions in North America stretches from Cuba to the southern tip of Greenland. There is good detail throughout the eastern seaboard, with many rivers named and important settlements and cities such as Jamestown, Plymouth, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Charleston located. The boundaries of Virginia extend north to Lake Erie, and Pennsylvania's northern border nearly reaches the St. Lawrence River. A note pointing out The 5 Nations of the Iroquois spans from Virginia to Montreal. The St. Lawrence River, Hudson's Bay, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie all appear in a roughly accurate configuration. A compass rose capped with a fleur-de-lis and radiating rhumb lines adorns the Atlantic, referred to here as the Sea of the English Empire. On a sheet of English text measuring 8.5 x 13.9".

References: Cumming (SE) #132; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MOLL-1b #35.

Condition: A

A nice impression on a clean bright sheet. There is a tiny edge tear confined to the lower right blank margin, far from the map image, that has been closed on verso with tape.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $375

Closed on 2/10/2021