Mark Catesby


Mark Catesby's Famous map from his celebrated work The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands. This map was based largely on Henry Popples A Map of the British Empire in America with the French and Spanish Settlements adjacent thereto of 1733.

Third edition, watermarked J Whatman- laid paper from the early 19th century. Prints were issued using the same typesetting as the 1771 White edition. For this reason, they are also referred to as 3rd edition prints

A History of Carolina Florida and The Bahama Islands
Published London c.1794
Hand-colored Engraving
23.75" x 17.5" plate size
Condition: C, Light foxing throughout with a cellophane repair outside the platemark, water stains along bottom

  • Price: $13,995.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices.

    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)