Auction 136, Lot 95

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

Subject: North America

Period: 1786 (dated)

Publication: Geographie Moderne, Historique et Politique

Color: Hand Color

10.1 x 9 inches
25.7 x 22.9 cm

This map covers the majority of the continent, excluding Alaska and southern Mexico. The western region is virtually unknown, but notations are made concerning the recent discoveries along the Northwest coast. The River of the West flows out of Lake Winnipeg, which is connected through a system of rivers and lakes to Hudson Bay, thereby forming the long-sought Northwest Passage. Another spurious river empties into San Francisco Bay. Quivira is located in present day Nevada. The map is flanked by columns of French text pasted on the sheet (19 x 11").

References: Sellers & Van Ee #117.

Condition: B+

There is a tiny centerfold separation at bottom confined to blank margin, repaired on verso, and some light toning along centerfold.

Estimate: $300 - $375


Closed on 6/1/2011