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Auction 145, Lot 840

"Atlas Moderne Portatif, Compose de Vingt-Huit Cartes sur Toutes les Parties du Globe Terrestre", Laporte, Joseph de

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1793 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

5 x 7.5 inches
12.7 x 19.1 cm
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This complete atlas devotes a larger than usual number of maps to regions outside of Europe. The maps focused on the Americas include a map of North America, South America, the Gulf of Mexico, New England, Virginia and Maryland, and Jamaica. There are 28 double-page maps including two folding maps of France, a double-page celestial map, and 6 unnumbered, single-page plates containing astronomical charts. Accompanied by 46pp. of descriptive text. The cartographer is not named on the title page, though the introduction was written by Robert de Vaugondy. This atlas is sometimes attributed to Robert de Vaugondy and sometimes to D'Anville.

The North America map, L'Amerique Septentrionale Divisee en ses Principaux Etats, names the Entrée de Juan de Fuca, which leads to a very large Mer de L'Ouest and a supposed Northwest Passage stretches from Baffin Bay to the Archipel St. Lazare. There is not yet any sign of a recognizable Alaska. The British colonies are confined on the eastern seaboard with French Louisiana stretching to the Pacific Northwest.

Hardbound in brown covered boards with leather spine and gilt titling.


Condition: B+

Original outline color. The maps are in overall good condition with some light scattered foxing mainly along the sheet edges that is more apparent in the second half of the atlas. The map of Jamaica has a small burn hole in the image. Binding is sound and the leather covers are cracked and worn with a small abrasion on the front cover.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,400


Closed on 6/12/2013