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A New Map of America From the latest Observations
London: [1719]. Copper-engraved map, engraved by J. Harris, period hand- colouring in outline. 19 7/8 x 23 1/4 inches. Unusual English depiction of California as an island and with a conjectural mapping of the northwest coast This is one of relatively few English maps to depict California as an island. This is not its only bit of cartographical fiction. Depicting all of North and South America, the map includes a conjectural northwest coast, likely derived from Morden (with the farthest north point on that coast to be a town named on the map Desolation). A large mythical Lake Thoaga is shown in western Canada and a wide river is shown extending from western Virginia to the Gulf of Mexico across the Florida panhandle. The cartouche is a lovely compostion of native peoples and animals. McLaughlin, The Mapping of California as an Island 193; Tooley "California as an Island," 81 in Tooley,The Mapping of America; Wagner, Cartography of the Northwest Coast 520.
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