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Auction 182, Lot 125

Popple's Epic Map - Great Lakes & Northeast Sheet

"[A Map of the British Empire in America (Sheet 6) - Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Regions]", Popple, Henry

Subject: Colonial Northeastern United States & Canada, Great Lakes

Period: 1734 (circa)


Color: Black & White

27.1 x 19.4 inches
68.8 x 49.3 cm
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This sheet covers the northeastern United States and Canada from Lake Saint Pierre south to the Chesapeake Bay and west to Lake Superior and Michigan. Popple consulted French sources for mapping the Great Lakes region including Delisle's 1718 Carte de la Lousiane et du Cours du Mississipi, however, he still placed Lake Ontario in a southwest-northeast orientation instead of the proper west-east position. Popple also continued the use of the old French name Lake Illinois for Lake Michigan. A spurious mountain range bisecting Michigan is noted as "A High Plain about 70 Leagues in Length." For the Mid-Atlantic region, Popple incorporated information shown on Cadwallader Colden's Map of the Country of the Five Nations. Numerous cities and towns are located along the Atlantic coastline including Montreal, New York and Philadelphia, while major rivers, pictorial forests, and Indian tribes fill the vast interior.

Henry Popple based his epic map on firsthand information gathered over several years at the Board of Trade and Plantations. The map 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. Marked page 6 in the top right corner of the sheet.

References: Pritchard & Taliaferro #24; Cumming (SE) #216; McCorkle #733.1.

Condition: B

Uniform toning with a printer's crease adjacent to the lower centerfold. The sheet has been backed with old linen.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $2,300

Closed on 4/28/2021