Auction 123, Lot 103

"[2 Sheets] L'Amerique selon l'Etendue de Ses Principales Parties et don’t les Points Principaux…", Walch, Johannes

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1790 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.8 x 17.8 inches
57.9 x 45.2 cm

A very uncommon map of the Americas on two separate sheets, made in Germany for the French market and sold by Martin Will. In North America, the young United States incorporates the upper Midwest, with the remaining western territories of Louisiana, Nouveau Mexique, Nouveau Albion and Californie filling the rest of the present-day United States. The Pacific shows information from the explorations of Captain Cook, with Alaska shown in a very unusual tadpole shape. The portion of the map containing South America is decorated with an elaborate cartouche referring to the conversion of the natives to Christianity, with natives bowing to a figure holding a cross and chalice. The lower part of the cartouche shows an alligator, a parrot and a monkey.

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Condition: A

A dark impression on two sturdy sheets with original color. There is a little minor toning and a couple of printer's creases. The upper margin on both sheets have a couple of pinholes, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $600

Closed on 2/20/2008

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