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  AMERICA 
 Eastern Seaboard 

SOUTHACK, Cyprian. [An English two-sheet sea chart of New England]
A Correct Map of the Coast of New England 1731. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. Two sheets conjoined, total 470 x 1080mm. Original folds flattened. A very fine example.
A reduced version of Southack's incredibly rare eight-sheet chart of New England. It shows from Sandy Hook to the southern tip of Cape Breton, with an inset detail of Boston Harbour. Cyprian Southack (1662-1745) emigrated to Boston in 1686, where he acted as a privateer during King William's War (1688-97), before being appointed commander of the 'Province Galley', the only ship of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay's navy. After the war he continued producing charts of British territory in America, as far north as Newfoundland, This chart was published in 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation... Also, a New Description of Newfoundland, New-England, New-York, East and West New Jersey, Dellevar-Bay, Virginia, Maryland, and Carolina'. This was the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources. Such was the importance of this map that Mount and Page had a new plate copied for the 1775 edition. See SHIRLEY: Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, M.M&P-5c for an edition of the following year.
[Ref: 15466]    £7,500.00 ($9,900 • €8,400 rates)


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