"Carte de la Californie et des Pays Nord-Ouest separes de l'Asie par le Detroit d'Anian, extraite de deux cartes publiees au commencement du 17e siecle", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier
Subject: Western North America
Period: 1772 (dated)
Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedia (Supplement)
Color: Black & White
12.7 x 11.4 inches
32.3 x 29 cm
This sheet contains two maps of the western part of North America, one inset into the other. The inset map is based on a world map by Plancius issued in 1641, while the larger map is based on Visscher's map of 1612. Other than a recognizable Baja California, the maps are filled with the cartographic myths of the 17th century. The northwest coast bulges too far to the west. Both maps feature the mythical seven cities of Cibola.
Faint toning along centerfold with a couple of insignificant spots. Single centerfold and wide original margins.