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Auction 138, Lot 105

"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

14.3 x 11.3 inches
36.3 x 28.7 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: B+

Strong dark impression and text-based watermark, with the plate mark just running off the left edge of the sheet. There are a few minor spots in the blank margin, else very good.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 12/7/2011