Auction 129, Lot 901

"Histoire Generale des Voiages, ou Nouvelle Collection…Complet d'Histoire et de Geographie Modern...Tome Quatorzieme (Volume 14)", Prevost, Anton Francois

Subject: Exploration and Surveys

Period: 1757 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
8 x 10.3 inches
20.3 x 26.2 cm

This scarce and complete volume on the Americas contains 19 beautifully engraved maps by Bellin. The folding maps measure approximately 12" x 8" and include the following titles:

Carte de la Baye de Chesapeake (A+)
Carte de la Nouvelle Angleterre Nouvelle Yorck et Pensilvanie (A)
Plan de la Ville de Boston et ses Environs (A+)
Carte de la Caroline et Georgie (A+)
Carte de la Louisiane et Pays Voisins (A+)
Carte de l'Accadie et Pais Voisins (A+)
Carte de la Baye de Hudson (A)
Carte du Cours du Fleuve de St. Laurent Depuis son Embouchure jusqu'au dessus de Quebec (A+) (bound upside down)
Plan de la Ville de Quebec (A+)
Carte du Cours du Fleuve de St. Laurent Depuis Quebec jusqu'au Lac Ontario (A+)
Carte des Lacs du Canada (A+)
Plan de la Nouvelle Orleans (A)
Carte de la Riviere de la Plata (A+)
Plan de la Ville de Buenos Ayres (A+)
Suite du Bresil Pour servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages (single page 7" x 9.2") (A)
Suite du Bresil Depuis la Baye de Tousles Saints jusqu'a St. Paul (7" x 9.2") (A)
Plan de la Ville de St. Salvador (with the view Vue de la Ville de St. Salvador du cote de la Baye above) (A)
Carte du Bresil Prem. Partie Depuis la Riviere des Amazones… (A+)
Carte de la Guyane (A+)
Published by Didot, the book is in full leather with gilt decorated spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, all edges red. This volume concerns the discoveries and establishments in America. Quarto, viii, 763 pp. and 28 copper engraved maps and plates, many folding and including the spectacular folding bird's eye view "Cataracte de Niagara."

References:

Condition: A

The maps are near fine, clean and bright with strong impressions. Very good overall with mild wear to extremities and a short gash to top edge of front board. Front hinge leather split but board still secure. Private owner bookplates on front and rear pastedowns but no other markings. Binding tight. Paper quality is excellent with only rare scattered foxing seen in the text and plates, vast majority are clean and bright.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,400

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 9/23/2009

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