Auction 123, Lot 102

"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

Size:
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.

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Condition: B

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.

Estimate: $180 - $250

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/20/2008

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