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Auction 183, Lot 74

Lotter's Version of Delisle's Important Map

"Mappa Geographica Regionem Mexicanam et Floridam Terrasque Adjacentes, ut et Anteriores Americae Insulas, Cursus Itidem et Reditus Navigantium Versus Flumen Missisipi...", Lotter, Tobias Conrad

Subject: Colonial Eastern North America & West Indies

Period: 1760 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.4 x 18.5 inches
56.9 x 47 cm
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This is Tobias Lotter's decorative and beautifully engraved version of Delisle's important map of 1703 (Carte du Mexique et de la Floride). It provides a view of North America from the Great Lakes through the West Indies. The British colonies are confined east of the Appalachian Mountains, France controls the Mississippi valley and Florida, and Spain possesses Mexico. New Mexico is finely described with many native tribes and pueblos noted, including Acoma, Santa Clara, Isleta, and more. Zuni sive Cibola, Teguaip Maior, and Quivira are all identified in New Mexico. While geographically nearly identical to Delisle's chart, this map is very ornate; the lower left corner is filled with a huge sea battle and the upper left contains a pretty scale of miles cartouche. In the Atlantic are four inset plans of important trade centers in the Americas: Panama, Havana, Cartagena, and Veracruz. Lotter originally engraved this map for his father-in-law, Matthias Seutter. In 1756 he then succeeded Seutter and replaced the imprint with his own.

References: Martin & Martin, p. 93, plt. 18.

Condition: A

A nice impression on a clean bright sheet.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/9/2021