"[On 3 of 4 Sheets] Generalkarte von Nordamerica samt den Westindischen Inseln", Schraembl, Franz Anton
Subject: North America
Period: 1788 (dated)
Publication: Allgemeiner Grosser Atlas
Color: Hand Color
22.8 x 19.8 inches
57.9 x 50.3 cm
This lot contains three of the four issued sheets of this large-scale map of North America (missing the southwest sheet showing Mexico, Central America and the Gulf of Mexico). It features excellent detail of towns, political boundaries, roads, rivers, mines, Indian villages, and tribal territories. The map is a German-language edition of Emmanuel Bowen and John Gibson's An Accurate Map of North America Describing and Distinguishing the British, Spanish and French Dominions on this Great Continent…, which was first published in 1763 to illustrate the seat of the French and Indian War. Hundreds of settlements and Indian villages are located, with interesting notations referring to native tribes and historical events. A number of roads are shown on the map stretching all the way to New Mexico and Neu Navarra. The northwest sheet contains an interesting inset map illustrating the ongoing search for a Northwest Passage, showing Baffin and Hudson Bays with the fictional Lake de Fonte (See de Fonte) reaching nearly to Baffin Bay. The title cartouche also credits Thomas Pownall's map of the Middle British Colonies, updated from Lewis Evans' map, with valuable geographic knowledge of the Ohio River Valley. The map is adorned with a rococo cartouche containing distance scales and a legend, and a decorative title cartouche featuring a female figure representing America and two cherubs. Engraved by Johann Stenger.
References: McCorkle #788.6; Phillips (A) #694.
Contemporary outline color on watermarked paper with some light dampstaining that enters the images at bottom. There is a bit of minor foxing and some extraneous creasing to the two northern sheets.