Auction 148, Lot 81

"Carte des Parties Nord et Ouest de l'Amerique Dressee d'Apres les Relations les Plus Authentiques...", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: North America

Period: 1772 (dated)

Publication: Encyclopedie: Suite de Recueil des Planches, sur les Sciences…

Color: Black & White

15.1 x 11.7 inches
38.4 x 29.7 cm

Robert de Vaugondy's rendition of Samuel Engel's map of 1764 alters the North American coastline slightly and extends to include part of Asia. The myth of a Northwest Passage continues to persist, here linking the Detroit d Anian with Lac Michinipi by a system of rivers and a large Lac des Conibas. There is also a River of the West that connects to another large lake, L. des Tahuglanuks that is located near a remnant of Lanhotan's R. Longue. Alaska is shown as a series of large islands. California is labeled Grand Quivira. A great map that illustrates many of the cartographic myths of the period.

References: Pedley #453; Portinaro & Knirsch #158.

Condition: B+

A nice impression, issued folding on sturdy paper with a faint damp stain in California and a binding tear just entering the neatline at left that has been professionally repaired on verso.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/19/2014