A Rare Separately Published Example From A Storied English Country Mansion.
Striking two-sheet, engraved map of South America below the Rio de La Plata, produced by Thomas Kitchin in London in 1772.
Attractively-engraved by Kitchin, the map features an elaborate cartouche with two Patagonian natives, armadillos and anteaters, and local dwellings all depicted. The map pays particular attention to issues of relevance to native Patagonians, including where tribes bury their dead, gather salt, etc. It also elaborates divisions of the Aónikenk people, here called the Tehuelche.
The map also illustrates the "Indian Boundary agreed upon in the Year 1740".
Most copies of the map are found bound into Thomas Falkner's A descripton of Patagonia, and the adjoining parts of South America... (1774). Falkner trained as a doctor before converting to Catholicism, becoming a Jesuit missionary, and moving to South America. Remained there for 38 years, until the expulsion of the Jesuits from South America in 1768. Upon his return to England, Falkner's account of South America was published and became an indespensable work on the continent. Charles Darwin consulted while on the Beagle.
The map imprint line reads: Publish'd as the Act directs, Decr. 10. 1772. and sold by Thos. Lewis, Bookseller, in Russell Street, Covent Garden.
While Falkner's book appears occasionally on the market, this is the first time we have ever seen a separately published example of the map on thick paper with wid margins. The map was almost certainly acquired a member of the Berkeley Family in 1772 and remained at Spetchley House until it was sold by Sothebys in December 2019.
Provenance: Sothebys December 2019: Treasures from the Berkeley Family / Spetchley House, in Worcestershire, UK. Spetchley House and Spetchley Park Gardens, now a public museum was home to the Berkeley Family for more than 400 years. It has played a significant role in British history, including being the planned location during WWII of Winston Churchill and his Cabinet in the event London had been lost.