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Auction 147, Lot 74

"L'Amerique Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie...", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1764 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

10.3 x 9.3 inches
26.2 x 23.6 cm
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Very decorative map with a landscape-style title cartouche and numerous sailing ships, some engaged in battle. 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. Just above this fictitious passage is a notation that the existence of a Sea of the West is questionable.

References: McGuirk #130.

Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with light toning, especially along the centerfold and printer's ink residue concentrated in the top left corner of the map image.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/20/2013