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Auction 181, Lot 86

Sheet of North American Cities from the Reduced-Size Edition of Popple's Map

"Les Principales Forteresses Ports &c. de l'Amerique Septentrionale", Popple/Covens & Mortier

Subject: Colonial Eastern North America & West Indies; North American Cities

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23.9 x 19 inches
60.7 x 48.3 cm
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This rare chart shows 18 separate maps of harbors and islands throughout North and South America. This sheet was created to accompany Covens & Mortier's reduction of Henry Popple's extremely influential map of the British possessions in North America (1733). Popple's chart was originally published in 20 sheets and the Amsterdam firm of Covens and Mortier reduced it to four, more manageable sheets. The maps included on this chart were derived from the insets on Popple's map, and feature towns, forts, topography, soundings, shoals, and anchorages. Included are the harbors of New York, Boston, Charleston, Providence, St. Augustine, Anapolis Royal (Nova Scotia), Placentia (Newfoundland), Havana (Cuba), St. Iago (Santiago, Cuba), Kingston (Jamaica), Port Antonio (Jamaica), Fort Royal (Martinique), Cartagena (Colombia), and Portobelo (Panama), as well as the islands of Barbados, Antiqua, Bermuda, and Curacao.

References: Cumming #249.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression in contemporary color with a couple archivally repaired wormtracks in unengraved areas at the top corners. The top left and right side borders have been reinstated (4-5" sections) with a small portion of border at top right drawn in facsimile.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,100

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 2/10/2021