"Carte Nouvelle d'Amerique", Philippe De Pretot, Etienne Andre
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1787 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Universel
Color: Hand Color
15.6 x 10.5 inches
39.6 x 26.7 cm
This charming and uncommon map of the Americas has very nice detail for a relatively small map. In North America there is a huge Sea of the West with its northern shore conveniently hidden by the border -- alluding to a possible Northwest Passage. Quivira appears directly south of the Sea of the West, with mythical Teguaiofarther south. The map also features a stubby and expanded Florida and Cenis ou Tecas in what would become Texas. In South America the Amazon River is boldly depicted with its headwaters in Peru. Two sailing ships, a stunning compass rose, and a nautical title cartouche complete the composition.
A crisp impression on watermarked paper that has been remargined at bottom with old paper with the lower neatline redone in facsimile and part of the extended table outside the neatline missing at right.