"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.
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.