"Nova Designatio Insulae Jamaicae ex Antillanis Americae Septentrion. non Postremae Secundum Gubernationes suas Accuratas Aeri Incisa et Publici Juris Facta", Seutter, Matthias
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.1 x 19.4 inches
56.1 x 49.3 cm
This large, beautifully engraved map shows the island divided into thirteen precincts, and is filled with numerous place names, forts, churches, rivers, plantations, and pastures. Certainly the most graphic feature is the highly decorative title cartouche that depicts native inhabitants gathering and processing sugar cane, while a mermaid and several sea turtles look on. A lovely compass rose and Latin text further embellish this terrific map.
References: Kapp (MCC-42) #56, pl. XXI.
A dark impression with full contemporary color, a small stain along the centerfold at bottom, an archivally repaired centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin, and light dampstains along the top edge of the sheet that enter the image a bit in a few spots.