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Nova Designatio Insulae Jamaicae: Seutter 1730

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  • Title: Nova Designatio Insulae Jamaicae
  • Author: Matthäus Seutter
  • Date: 1730
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 22 1/4" x 19 5/8"
  • Centimeters: 57.06 x 50.32
  • Product ID: 002215

A handsome map of the island of Jamaica by a premier eighteenth-century mapmaker, Matthäus Seutter (1678-1756). The map shows Jamaica divided into precincts and details topographical features of mountains, forests, rivers, and small settlements. Around the coasts, the map indicates harbors, bays with depth soundings, shoals, and small offshore islands.

The cartouche is superimposed upon the canvas roof of a building surrounded by workers cooking sugarcane juice, among other things, and several sea turtles. A mermaid swims in the breakers near the shore.