Auction 139, Lot 88

"L'Amerique Suivant le R.P. Charlevoix Jte. Mr. de la Condamine, et Plusieurs Autres Nouvle. Observations", Le Rouge, George Louis

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1777 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

25 x 19.3 inches
63.5 x 49 cm

This fascinating map illustrates some of the most interesting mythical cartography juxtaposed with important new discoveries in North America. The routes of Delisle and Tchirikow are shown in 1741 terminating on a vague island in the approximate location of Alaska. A Northwest Passage (shown by lightly engraved lines) links the Pacific with Hudson Bay where there is a note concerning the British discoveries of 1742. The Riv. de l' Ouest stretches from Lake Superior nearly to the Pacific, based on the reports of the Jesuit missionary, Pierre de Charlevoix. In South America, the Amazon River is detailed according to Condamine's expedition. A text table lists the colonial possessions. This is the fourth state, with La Rouge's imprint and date printed separately.

References: McGuirk #15.

Condition: A

A very good impression on strong, watermarked paper with original outline color. There is a short tear in the lower blank margin, repaired on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200


Closed on 2/15/2012