A Map of North America With the European Settlements & whatever else is remarkable in ye West indies, from the latest and best Observations

A Map of North America With the European Settlements & whatever else is remarkable in ye West indies, from the latest and best Observations

[London]: R.W. Seale delin. et sculp, n.d. [ca. mid-1740s]. Approx. 15" x 18½" (sight), matted and in a conservation frame 22" x 26" showing the whole of North America from Hudson's Straits to almost the equator, with California prominently as an island; traces opf previous folds, else fine. This particular map was published in Rapin’s History of England, volume 3, translated by Nicolas Tindal. According to Wheat, despite its late publication date of 1744 (1745?), the map continues to display a number of “throwback notions” of North American geography. For instance, the map follows the geography from apocryphal accounts by Baron Louis-Armand de Lom D'Arce de Lahontan in the late 17th century. Moreover, California is shown as an island. Within California, a mountain chain is shown and two mountains are actually labeled: M. Nevada and Mt. St. Martin. Six towns are also labeled in California including Canot, St. Nicholas, St. Juan, St. Isidore, Gigante and Na Sa de la Guada. The engraver, Richard William Seale (1732-1785) was an English draughtsman and engraver who worked for a number of individuals engraving maps for atlases and other books. He worked for Henry Popple (1733), Tindal for his translation and continuation of Rapin’s The History of England (1744-7), Pine and Tinney (1749), Bolton’s North America (1750), Stow (1756) and The Universal Magazine (1747-63). Item #52048

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