Auction 139, Lot 91

"Carte d'Amerique, Dressee pour l'Instruction…", Delisle/Dezauche

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1799 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.8 x 18.8 inches
60.5 x 47.8 cm

Dezauche, the successor to the Delisle cartographic firm, issued this edition of the famous Delisle map of the Americas first published in 1722. The map was extensively updated through numerous revisions. This edition includes the information from Cook's discoveries in the Northwest and Alaska in an inset "Supplement a la Partie Nord Ouest de l'Amerique d'apres les Decouvertes du Capitaine Cook." The newly independent United States extends to the Mississippi River in the west and to Florida in the south. In South America, the mythical Lac Xarayes still appears. A garland style title cartouche and another cartouche containing an advertisement decorate the lower corners. In this edition the Privilege is changed from "du Roi" to "d'Auteur An 7." Due to the French Revolution the Royal arms were erased from the cartouche and replaced by ribbons, the king's name was removed from the title, and the date (An 7) refers to the French Republican calendar.

References: Tooley (Amer) p.16, #14.

Condition: A+

A bright, clean example on watermarked paper with wide margins and a printer's crease along centerfold at top.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $425

Closed on 2/15/2012