Antique Map of the American Colonies

Very Rare Important Antique Map of Colonial American Circa 1700 by Pierre Mortier (France)

Rare Antique Map of Colonial American Circa 1700 by Pierre Mortier (1661-1711).  Mortier’s map of English (and French) colonial America from his famed Neptune Franois | Carte Nouvelle de l’Amerique Angloise Contenant | Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, [circa 1700]. Copper engraved map on laid paper, engraved by Romein de Hooghe, on two sheets joined, period hand-coloring in outline. Inset plan of Boston Harbor.

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  • Rare Antique Map of Colonial American Circa 1700 by Pierre Mortier (1661-1711).  Mortier’s map of English (and French) colonial America from his famed Neptune Franois | Carte Nouvelle de l’Amerique Angloise Contenant la Virginie, Mary-Land, Caroline, Pensylvania, Nouvelle Iorck, N: Iarsey, N: France, et les Terres Nouvellement Decouerte. Dresse sur les Relations les Plus Nouvelles par le Sieur S. Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, [circa 1700]. Copper engraved map on laid paper, engraved by Romein de Hooghe, on two sheets joined, period hand-coloring in outline. Inset plan of Boston Harbor. Sheet size: 25 1/4 x 37 inches.

    Although the title suggests this map of English North America to be based on Sanson, it is in fact “drawn directly from Robert Morden’s significant New Map of the English Empire in America, c. 1698. The most notable feature here is the mountain range extending from the Florida peninsula northwards into Michigan. Despite many of the toponyms being translated into French, the map’s English origins are clearly seen, including Copper Mine near present day Chicago, and Mines of Iron besides the Ohio River, both originating in the 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. Indeed, this is the first printing of a plan of an English colonial city in a non-English map” (Burden).

    The general title and imprint appears in the upper left corner of this two sheet map; however, a second title (Partie Orientale de l’Amerique Angloise) and imprint appears in the upper right corner, allowing Mortier to use the same map joined, as here, in his Neptune Franois, or as separate sheets in his Atlas Nouveau.

    Burden, The Mapping of North America II: 765; McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps 695.7; Phillips, A List of Maps of America, p. 517; Cumming, Southeast in Early Maps 129.

  • Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    26"

    Width

    37"

    Depth

    1"

    Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    26"

    Width

    37"

    Depth

    1"

    Artist / Maker

    Pierre Mortier

    Date

    17th Century, 18th Century

    Kind

    Books, Maps, Documents and Manuscripts, Collectibles, Documents & Manuscripts, Ephemera, Maps, Memorabilia

    Origin

    American, France, United Kingdom

    Subject

    American Revolutionary War, Americana, Colonial America, Historical, Map, Military, War

    Support

    Laid Paper

    Title

    Rare Antique Map of Colonial American Circa 1700 by Pierre Mortier