"[Lot of 2] L'Amerique Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie [and] Guayane, Terre Ferme, Isles Antilles, et Nlle. Espagne", Brion de la Tour, Louis
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1764-66 (dated)
Publication: Atlas General…
Color: Hand Color
18.8 x 11.1 inches
47.8 x 28.2 cm
A. L'Amerique Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie. Very decorative map with a landscape style title cartouche and several sailing ships. While the interior of the map contains little cartographic information, the northwest part of North America is quite interesting. A large bay labeled, Entrée de Martin d’Aguilar en 1603, indents the coastline, while above that, a river and lake system provide a complex Northwest Passage. There is a notation that the existence of a Sea of the West is questionable just above this fictitious passage. This map has added panels of French letterpress flanking it. Condition: Watermarked paper with light toning along centerfold and text panels, as well as some minor foxing confined to the text panels.
B. Guayane, Terre Ferme, Isles Antilles, et Nlle. Espagne. This unusual map focuses on Mexico, Central America, northern South America and all of the islands of the West Indies. There is no topographical detail shown in North America or below the Amazon River. The coloring illustrates the various colonial possessions and symbols locate missions throughout the region. The map is embellished with a rococo-style cartouche. This map is flanked by panels of French letterpress. Condition: There are centerfold separations at top and bottom away from the map image that have been closed on verso with archival tape. Watermarked paper with light toning along centerfold and text panels, as well as some damp staining confined to the top and left side blank margin.
References: McGuirk #130.
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