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Auction 132, Lot 74

"Carte d'Amerique, Dressee pour l'Usage du Roy…", Delisle/Buache

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1745 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

24 x 19.5 inches
61 x 49.5 cm
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Guillaume Delisle's map of the Americas [1722] was one of the most popular maps of the 18th century with numerous editions. This is an unchanged reissue of the 1722 plate with Buache's imprint added at bottom right. This detailed map of the Americas provides a great deal of information about the state of geographic knowledge in the New World in the early part of the century. The French territory of Louisiane takes up the lion's share of North America at the expense of the British colonies. This political bias was due to Delisle's position as geographer to the King of France. In South America, a small Brazil adjoins the Pays des Amazones. A garland style title cartouche and another cartouche containing an advertisement decorate the lower corners.

References: Tooley (Amer) p. 13, #5.

Condition: B

Narrow, but adequate top and bottom margins with some soil and a small repaired worm track at upper left.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $350

Closed on 6/2/2010