"[Lot of 2] Amerique Septentrionale Publiee par le Sr. Moithey ... [and] Amerique Meridionale…", Moithey, Maurille Antoine
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1788-89 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
20.5 x 29 inches
52.1 x 73.7 cm
This rare set of North and South American wall maps was published by Moithey and Crepy. Size varies slightly.
The map of North America features a large title cartouche surrounded by allegorical figures with Mercury and three female figures representing the colonial powers of France and Spain with the newly formed United States, holding a staff with the Liberty cap. The map of North America shows good detail of the Spanish incursions, and a remnant of the Longue River still exists in the Upper Midwest, here called the Grande Riviere. Ref: Sellers & Van Ee #196; Lowery #666. Condition: Issued folding, now pressed. Professional restoration on folds including some leaf-casting of paper into fold intersections, with loss of image in upper-right and lower-right corners of the map. Also paper restoration in lower-left corner with facsimile in border.
Amerique Meridionale shows a detailed South America with an extensive system of rivers. The title cartouche contains a sea god holding an urn pouring water to represent the rivers, and a ship in the background. Condition: Issued folding, now pressed. Professional restoration on folds including some leaf-casting of paper into fold intersections, with loss of image in upper-left corner, and facsimile border and lines of longitude and latitude in some areas.