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New Map of America divided into its Kingdoms, States, Governments and other Subdivisions, from the latest observations.

New Map of America divided into its Kingdoms, States, Governments and other Subdivisions, from the latest observations.

$9,000.00

GEORGE THOMPSON

Published: 1799, London

Size: 22" X 37.5".  Issued on two panels.

Condition: Backed on archival tissue.

Description:


A very rare and important map of the Western Hemisphere including parts of Asia, Europe and Africa.  The map is also adorned with ten insert maps and city views that include the city of Mexico, a plan of Chibucto harbour and city of Halifax, the city and harbour of Havana, the town and harbour of Porto Bello, a view of Quebec, a view of New York, Kingston harbour Jamaica, the harbour of New York, the city and harbour of Cartagena, and finally, the view of the city of St-Salvador.  Of particular interest is the insert describing the political subdivision of North and South America and their allegiances.
It has been argued that Thompson’s map is partially derived from a map by Carrington Bowles and Jonathan Carver and includes mythical rivers and cities such as The River of the West, and the cities of gold, Teguayo and Quivara.
However, what is of particular importance is the map’s sheer obscurity and rarity.  It is possibly the only surviving example on the market and does not show up in institutional databases other than a later 1814 state held at Princeton University. That being said, the map’s artistry and notations offer an essential view of the Western hemisphere during a time where Europe was in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars and its possessions in North and South America were in flux. 
(Sources: Geographicus.  Note this map is offered for sale co-jointly.)