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Auction 125, Lot 101

"Amerique Septentrionale dressee sur les Relations les plus modernes des Voyageurs et Navigateurs, et divisee suivant les differentes possessions des Europeens", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: North America

Period: 1775 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

23.1 x 18.8 inches
58.7 x 47.8 cm

The colonial possessions are well defined on this influential map of North America that was published immediately prior to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. The region west of the Appalachians is referred to as Chouanous et Cheraquis referring to the Shawnee and Cherokee Indian. There are numerous other Indian names throughout the Mississippi River valley and New Mexico. The Southwest is largely blank and a large inset of the northwest region fills the rest of the map. This inset is filled with mythical cartography reflecting the desire for a Northwest Passage including Belle Riviere, , L. de Fonte, L. Velassco, and Lac Bernarda. This desirable and less common version is the fourth of five states; the first to include the inset.

References: Pedley #448.

Condition: B+

The original outline color is a bit faded and there is some minor foxing in the margins with a couple faint spots in the Pacific Ocean. The bottom fold separation has been repaired affecting about 2" of the map.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100


Closed on 9/24/2008