"Nova Orbis sive America Septentrionalis, Divisa per sua Regna Provinc: et Insul:...", Seutter/Lotter
Subject: Colonial North America
Period: 1740 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
10.2 x 7.7 inches
25.9 x 19.6 cm
A superb small map with California as an island on the second Sanson model, showing two bays on the north end of the island. The island is also very narrow in the center, almost becoming two islands, a theory proposed by Father Luis Velarde. The map is densely covered with place names, and the northern extremes are strangely elongated. The large title cartouche, surrounded by Native Americans and birds conveniently obscures the northwest coast with the exception of a portion of the Terra Esonis incogn. Tobias Conrad Lotter's strong engraving style is evident. This is the second state per McLaughlin.
References: McLaughlin #221; Tooley (America) #95.
Full contemporary color with foxing that is primarily visible in the Pacific Ocean, a faint dampstain at top left, and a few tiny worm holes also at top left.