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Stock# 31298
Description

Detailed 2-sheet map of the British Colonies in North America, credited to Nicolas Sanson but in reality drawn directly from Robert Morden's rare New Map of the English Empire In America, first published in circa 1698 in London.

Among other noteworthy features, Burden identifies the map as "the first printed plan of an English colonial city in a non-English map." The map focuses on the British Colonies in North America. Burden notes:

The most notable feature here is the mountain range extending from the Florida peninsula northwards into Michigan. This plateau remains, although the legend found on the Morden describing [the mountain range] does not. The original source for this curious feature is unknown. . . the map's English origins are clearly seen, including the Copper Mine near present day Chicago, and Mines of Iron besides the Ohio River., both originating from Thevenot, 1681. The unusual depiction of Green Bay, the broader northern portion of the Delaware peninsula, the boundaries of Pennsylvania extending far to the north, the altered Cape Cod and the inset plan of Boston Harbor are all features found on the Morden map.

Condition Description
Old Color, with some color added. Narrow margins. Restoration at lower right corner, entering printed image.
Reference
Burden II, 765.
Pieter Mortier Biography

Pierre, or Pieter, Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch engraver, son of a French refugee. He was born in Leiden. In 1690 he was granted a privilege to publish French maps in Dutch lands. In 1693 he released the first and accompanying volume of the Neptune Francois. The third followed in 1700. His son, Cornelis (1699-1783), would partner with Johannes Covens I, creating one of the most important map publishing companies of the eighteenth century.