"L'Amerique, Meridionale et Septentrionale…", Fer, Nicolas de
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1700 (dated)
Publication: L' Atlas curieux ou le monde
Color: Black & White
13 x 8.7 inches
33 x 22.1 cm
First state of this charming map of the Americas. The Island of California covers the entire west coast north of the Tropic of Cancer with two large imaginary islands off shore. One of the prominent features in northern Mexico is Les Mine de S. Iean et de Ste. Barbe, the legendary Santa Barbara mines of the Chihuahua-Durango region. There are several large spurious lakes on both continents. A partial coastline of New Zealand appears beside the title cartouche. The map is richly decorated with three cartouches and a compass rose.
References: McLaughlin #135, Tooley (America) #61; Leighly #105.
A fine strong impression. Couple of brown ink spots on verso, not affecting map.