Augsburg: 1784. A beautiful example of the newly-formed United States, coming to the close of the Revolutionary War. The four large sheets in original outline color make a powerful statement about the prospects of the United States at the time.
The handsome cartouche beneath the title shows a prosperous harbor view centered on three wealthy gentlemen, one seated in front of his well-stocked warehouse and being served a glass of wine by a black slave.
The ships sit in the background while other slaves work to load barrels. Insets of Baffin & Hudson's Bay & the Gulf of California (after Kino). The West Indies are prominent, and trade routes from Vera Cruz (Mexico) to Havana & Havana to Cartagena are shown, as well as the Windward Passage. Geographical features are prominent, including rivers, lakes, mountains & place names.
Lotter's map is a pirated German edition of Pownall's map, originally published by Bowen & Gibson, and later by Jefferys and Sayer & Bennett. Original outline color, in excellent condition. Engraved area of each sheet is 22.5 x 19.75", which if joined would measure 40 x 45". A very strong impression. Item #15308