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Auction 135, Lot 93

"Carte des Parties Nord et Ouest de l'Amerique…", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: North America

Period: 1772 (dated)

Publication: Encyclopedie: Suite de Recueil des Planches, sur les Sciences…

Color: Black & White

15 x 11.5 inches
38.1 x 29.2 cm

Robert de Vaugondy's rendition of Samuel Engel's map of 1764 alters the North American coastline slightly and extends to include part of Asia. The myth of a Northwest Passage continues to persist, here linking the Detroit d Anian with Lac Michinipi by a system of rivers and a large Lac des Conibas. There is also a River of the West that connects to another large lake, L. des Tahuglanuks that is located near a remnant of Lanhotan's R. Longue. Alaska is shown as a series of large islands. California is labeled Grand Quivira. A great map that illustrates many of the cartographic myths of the period.

References: Pedley #453; Portinaro & Knirsch #155.

Condition: A

On thick hand laid paper with dark impression and text-based watermark.

Estimate: $300 - $350


Closed on 2/16/2011