Auction 130, Lot 79

"L'Amerique, Meridionale et Septentrionale dressee selon les Dernieres Relations…", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1705 (dated)

Publication: L'Atlas Curieux ou le Monde Dresse…

Color: Hand Color

13 x 8.8 inches
33 x 22.4 cm

This charming map of the Americas is a reduced derivative of De Fer's classical wall map of 1698 with information gathered from the archives of the Academie Royale des Sciences. The island of California covers the entire west coast of North America north of the Tropic of Cancer with two large imaginary islands off shore. One of the prominent features in northern Mexico is Les Mine de S. Iean et de Ste. Barbe, the legendary Santa Barbara mines of the Chihuahua-Durango region. There are several large spurious lakes on both continents. A partial coastline of New Zealand appears beside the title cartouche. The map is richly decorated with three cartouches and a compass rose. This is the second state.

References: Burden #759; McLaughlin #135, Tooley (Amer) #61, p. 126.

Condition: B+

Some paper weakness has been reinforced at lower left and there are a couple minor soft creases.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/2/2009