A scarce and interesting map of the American Colonies

R. Michault Scrip [after Richard Blome], Costes et Riuieres de VIRGINIE, de MARILAND et de NOUUELLE ANGLETERE. [Paris, 1674 or 1684].
Engraving, 7 1/2 inches h x 9 5/8 inches w plus margins, uncolored

This map appeared in the 1674 first and 1684 second editions of Receuil De Divers Voyages Faits En Afrique Et En L`Amerique, a collection of travel narratives compiled by the French scholar Henri Justel. The geography is closely copied from one in Blome`s 1672 Description of the Island of Jamaica; with the other Isles and Territories in America, to which the English are related.

Burden description of the Blome prototype does a nice job of putting the map in context and describing its salient features:

It is the first English map to illustrate the middle and north-eastern colonies. It is important as it delineates the region just prior to the great expansion of cartographic knowledge which would commence with the Augustine Hermann VIRGINIA/AND/ MARYLAND map in 1673[74] and the John Seller map of New England in 1676. Indeed, the second state of the map reflects the boundary given on the former. Cartographically it is difficult to identify any specific source. One of the more notable aspects of the map is its curious depiction of the St. Lawrence River waterway. At first glance The Lake of the Herekoys is one of the Great Lakes. It actually represents Lake Champlain, and can be derived from the map of Joseph Moxon published in 1664. Chesapeake Bay is depicted running northerly without the usual English depiction of a hook at its head. This is similar to that displayed in Blome`s folio map of North America completed in 1668. An inset of Newfoundland reflects the Lord Baltimore`s interests in the Avalon Peninsula [of Newfoundland], as stated in the dedication to him on the map. (Burden, North America II, #419)

Baynton-Williams, Printed Maps of New England to 1780: Part III (in MapForum.com no. 14), item #1674. Burden #419 (Blome edition) and #439 (Michault). McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps, #674.1.


Bit of creasing, else excellent