Auction 148, Lot 67

One of the Most Popular American Maps of the Eighteenth Century

"Carte d'Amerique Dressee pour l'Usage du Roy", Delisle, Guillaume

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1722 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

24 x 19.1 inches
61 x 48.5 cm

This detailed map of the Americas is one of the most popular maps of the 18th century and provides a great deal of information about the state of geographic knowledge in the New World in the early part of the century. In North America the western coast is blank above California. The French territory of Louisiane takes up the lion's share of North America at the expense of the British colonies. This political bias is due to Delisle's position as geographer to the King of France. South America is well represented with a good depiction of the river systems and the locations of the Jesuit missions. The is the second state with d'Amerique in block-style lettering in the title cartouche. The map has a long publishing history that spans nearly 100 years!

References: Tooley (Amer) p. 13, #2; Portinaro & Knirsch CXIV.

Condition: A

A strong impression with old color on a watermarked sheet with very good margins. There is a faint horizontal crease through the middle of the map.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/19/2014