Auction 139, Lot 97

"L'Amerique Septentrionale et les Terres Polaires Arctique", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: North America

Period: 1693 (dated)

Publication: Petit et Nouveau Atlas

Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 8 inches
27.4 x 20.3 cm

This uncommon map is based on Coronelli's large, two-sheet depiction of the continent from 1692. California is depicted as an island on the second Sanson model with two indented bays in the northern coast. De Fer's map deviates from Coronelli's cartography in a couple of regions; Lake Ontario forms the headwaters of the St. Lawrence River leaving the other Great Lakes landlocked, and Baffin island is shown. The map is small, and thus not heavily detailed, but the eastern coast includes the names of Boston, New York, Providence, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, Carolina and Florida. The title is displayed on a drape-style cartouche. This is the first state of the map, engraved by C. Inseln.

References: Burden #696; McLaughlin #111.

Condition: A

There are two closed edge tears in the upper margin, else fine.

Estimate: $650 - $750

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/15/2012