Catalog Archive
Auction 118, Lot 129

"Amerique Septentrionale Divisee en ses Principales Parties…", Sanson/Jaillot

Subject: North America

Period: 1694 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 18.8 inches
57.9 x 47.8 cm

First state of this handsome map showing the island of California with an indented northern coast and the Terre de Iesso Ieco (Japan) just a short distance off its northwestern coast. All five Great Lakes are now shown, with Superior and Michigan open-ended. The Rio del Norte flows incorrectly into the Gulf of California. The lion's share of today's United States is divided between Floride and Nouveau Mexique. The region of present-day South Carolina and Georgia is noted as Floride Francois. The decorative title cartouche is adorned with the French coat of arms, two Native Americans and tropical birds at upper left, with the distance scale cartouche on below. The Latin title in upper margin is, "America septentrionalis in suas praecipuas partes divisa, ad usum serenissimi Burgundiae Ducis." Jaillot published a similar map with the same title that is much more commonly found on the market.

References: McLaughlin #113; Wheat [TMW] #74.

Condition: B

Original outline color. Slightly weak impression with some uneven toning.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 3/6/2007