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Auction 132, Lot 87

"Nouveau Mexique, Louisiane, Canada, et Nlle. Angleterre", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: North America

Period: 1766 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

12 x 11 inches
30.5 x 27.9 cm

This is a very attractive map of the majority of the North American continent, excluding Alaska and southern Mexico. The western region is virtually unknown, but notations are made concerning the recent discoveries along the Northwest coast by Bering, Tschirikow, de Fuente and de Fuca. The River of the West is shown flowing out of Lake Winnipeg, which in turn form a Northwest Passage through a series of rivers and lakes connecting to Hudson Bay. Quivira is located in present day Nevada and Nouvelle Albion just to the north. The British Colonies are confined to the eastern seaboard. The map includes a decorative title cartouche and is surrounded by an engraved rococo style frame making it a very attractive sheet.


Condition: B

Original color with some toning on the centerfold and some tears and chips in the margins.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $180

Closed on 6/2/2010