Auction 123, Lot 109

"Nouvelle Carte de l'Amerique Septentrionale dressee sur les plus Nouvelles Observations de Messieurs de l'Academie des Sciences et des Meilleurs Geographes avec des tables tres instructives et curieuses de la division de tous les Etats…", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: North America

Period: 1720 (published)

Publication: Atlas Historique…

Color: Hand Color

23.5 x 19 inches
59.7 x 48.3 cm

This is Chatelain's re-engraved version of Delisle's foundation map of North America. The cartography is nearly identical to the Delisle map, with California returned to its peninsular position rather than as an island. Mendocin is the farthest northern point on California, and the north portion of the continent is left blank. The Great Lakes are well-defined, based on Coronelli. The Mississippi River valley is well developed with recent French settlements. A chart to the right lists the primary divisions of North America with colonial interests, native tribes, and towns.


Condition: A

A nice impression on fine, hand-laid paper with folds as issued. There are a couple of very minor short tears in the blank margins, well away from the map.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100


Closed on 2/20/2008