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A Map of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Island With the Adjacent Parts…

Artist/Maker:
Catesby, Mark
Place Made:
London Great Britain
Date Made:
1815
Medium:
ink and watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
HOA: 21″
WOA: 28 1/4″
Accession Number:
5474
Description:
This map is an 1815 printing of the map that accompanied Mark Catesby’s two-volume “Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands” the first volume of which appeared in 1731 and the second in 1743. This map was intended to geographically contextualize the flora and fauna depicted throughout the work. The geography itself is largely based on the relevant parts of Henry Popple’s monumental “A Map of the British Empire…” published in 1733.

Catesby’s work went through two editions in the eighteenth century and was again published in the nineteenth century. This copy was struck to accompany the 1815 edition.

RELATED WORKS: “Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands” by Mark Catesby (1012.1-2). MESDA’s copy is a hybrid of second-edition text (published in 1771) with third-edition (printed in 1815) prints.

DESCRIPTION: A map of part of Virginia, the Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Jucatan, and the Bahama Islands with original blue, green, pink, yellow, and brown color. The cartouche in the upper right corner is composed of sea shells and sea weed with inscription “A MAP OF/CAROLINA, FLORIDA/AND THE/BAHAMA ISLANDS/with the Adjacent Parts.”

History:
Originally bound into the second volume of the 1815 edition of Mark Catesby’s “Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands.”
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase fund