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Auction 123, Lot 104

"Carte d'Amerique, Dressee pour l'Instruction…", Delisle/Dezauche

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1817 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.8 x 19 inches
60.5 x 48.3 cm

This is a later, updated edition of one of the most popular maps of the 18th century. It was first issued by Delisle in 1722 and went through 19 different versions according to Tooley. This is a version not mentioned by him, which would make it 20 versions. The United States is shown with the unorganized Louisiana Territory not reaching the Pacific coast. The map shows a number of spurious mountains ranges in the West, going east to west and north to south, and sometimes doing both within the same range. The northwest coast of North America shows Vancouver Island and Nootka and an inset continues the depiction of the coastline with an early configuration for Alaska based on the explorations of Capt. Cook.

References: cf Tooley (Amer) p. 16, #17 & 18.

Condition: A

Original outline color. The centerfold is reinforced on the verso with paper, repairing a separation about 5.5" into the map. Paper slightly cockled.

Estimate: $750 - $900


Closed on 2/20/2008