Craven County Digital History Exhibit

Unknown. A New Description of Carolina (1676)

Accession Number TP.1956.018.001

 

Title

Map: “A New Description of Carolina”

 

Maker

Artist/ cartographer: Unknown

Engraver: Francis Lamb

Printer/ publisher: Unknown

Sellers: Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell

 

Material

Laid paper, ink, watercolor

 

Origin

England, London

 

Date:

1676

 

Dimensions:

Paper:  15 5/8” X 20 3/8”

Plate: 15 1/8” X 20 1/8”

Image: 14 7/8” X 19 7/8”

 

Description:

Hand-colored, engraved map: “A New Description of Carolina. Sold by Tho: Bassett in Fleetstreet. And Ric: Chiswell in St Paul Churchyard. [cartouche, bottom left] | Francis Lamb, sculp. 1676 [inside neat line, bottom right]

 

Source:

Purchase

 

Relation:

The map depicts Carolina from the coast to the Appalachian Mountains. It is based on John Ogilby’s 1672 map of the area and includes information on the interior of the province taken from John Lederer’s map of the same year, which purported to show the topography of the interior in the regions from the falls in the James River (in Virginia) westward to the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains and southwest to the Carolina piedmont. The map appeared in an addendum to the 1767 edition of The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain entitled “A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World.”

 

Comments:

 

 

Language:

En

 

Rights:

Permission to use the photograph must be obtained in writing from Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina. It must be accompanied by the caption” From the collection of Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina; North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archive and History.”

Map Image:

Click on an image at the right to enlarge that image.


Images scanned by Dean Knight
Text prepared by Nancy Richards and Victor T. Jones, Jr.

Last edited: November 20, 2014

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