"Carte d'Amerique Septentrionale et Meridionale…", Herisson, Eustache
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1820 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
29.75 x 20.6 inches
75.6 x 52.3 cm
This uncommon French map of the Americas is boldly engraved to show the topography, much of which is spurious - making it all the more interesting. Alaska is still a bit misshaped and an imaginary Northwest Passage is lightly engraved through the Canadian Arctic. In the western part of North America the Rocky Mountains radiate out from a central point in present-day Wyoming. The boundary between Canada and the United States reflects U.S. claims into British Columbia and an interesting British presence labeled Nouvelle Albion is shown in California. A panel of inset maps provide a detailed view of the West Indies.
Original color and a dark impression, printed of heavy paper. There is some minor toning, mostly in the blank margins.