"L'Amerique Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie…", Brion de la Tour/Desnos
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1786 (dated)
Publication: Atlas General…
Color: Hand Color
20 x 13 inches
50.8 x 33 cm
Very decorative map with a landscape style title cartouche and several sailing ships. While the interior of the map contains little cartographic information, the northwest part of North America is quite interesting. A large bay labeled, Entrée de Martin d’Aguilar en 1603, indents the coastline, while above that, a river and lake system provide a complex Northwest Passage. There is a notation that the existence of a Sea of the West is questionable just above this fictitious passage. This map has added panels of French letterpress flanking it.
Attractive color on a sound sheet. The map has faint toning on the centerfold, as well as a couple of light stains in the flanking text. There is a tear at bottom just past the neatline of the map that has an old repair on the verso.