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Auction 145, Lot 94

"L'Amerique Septentrionale Dressee sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences…", Delisle/Schenk

Subject: North America

Period: 1708 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.3 x 17.7 inches
59.2 x 45 cm
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This is Schenk's version of Delisle's foundation map of North America. It is nearly identical to the Delisle map, with California returned to its peninsular position rather than as an island. Cape Mendocino is the farthest northern point in California, and the north portion of the continent is left blank. The Great Lakes are well-defined, based on Coronelli, with French forts noted. The English settlements are confined east of the Allegheny Mountains, and Spanish forts are clustered around Santa Fe. The Mississippi River valley is well developed with recent French settlements. The first mention of what would be called the Sargasso Sea is noted in the North Atlantic. The map is decorated with an aquatic-themed figural cartouche and a draped scale of miles.

References: Tooley (Amer) p.19, #34; cf. Wheat [TMW] #79.

Condition: B+

Original outline color with good margins, a few unobtrusive spots, and light overall toning.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $700

Closed on 6/12/2013