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Auction 125, Lot 100

"Amerique Septentrionale", Chambon

Subject: North America

Period: 1764 (published)

Publication: Le Commerce de l'Amerique

Color: Black & White

11.5 x 8.6 inches
29.2 x 21.8 cm

This scarce, unusual map covers North America and the North Atlantic Ocean. It illustrated Chambon's important work in colonial history, which contained all the French laws and ordinances on the commerce, particularly the slave trade. The map is based on Jacque N. Bellin's 1755 map of North America with the western region mostly blank. Various discoveries are noted, including Juan de Fuca (1592) and Martin d'Aguilar (1603) both of whom were purported to have discovered the Pacific entrance to a Northwest Passage. The Sea of the West (Mer de l'Ouest) is named but not delineated. The British Colonies are confined to the eastern seaboard, with French Louisiana taking up the majority of the interior and Nouveau Mexique covering all the present-day western U.S.


Condition: B+

There is a trace of faint offsetting, else very good.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/24/2008