Auction 149, Lot 87

"Amerique Septentrionale Dressee sur les Relations les Plus Modernes des Voyageurs et Navigateurs, ou se Remarquent les Etats Unis", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: North America

Period: 1783 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel…

Color: Hand Color

23 x 19 inches
58.4 x 48.3 cm

Handsome chart of North America that adds several new elements including I. Shelrock, the Bermudas, and most importantly delineates the new United States. It also improves the configuration of the Great Lakes after d'Anville (originally drawn on the Bellin model). The large inset "Partie Nord-Quest de l'Amerique" shows the northwest region with much of the mythical cartography of the day including Lake de Fonte (Sea of the West) and the River of the West flows to the Pacific from a large salt lake, Tahuglauks. The decorative title cartouche balances the inset in the opposite upper corner.

This is an unrecorded state that is obviously later than State 6 as given by Pedley. In this example the line of text "Publiee en 1750 et Corrigee en 1783" which is directly above "Par le S. Robert de Vaugondy, Geographe" in State 6 has been completely removed.

References: Pedley #450.

Condition: B+

A nice example on thick hand laid paper with wide margins. There is a centerfold split at bottom that has been repaired on verso, as well as some foxing marks and soiling in the top and bottom blank margins. In the Atlantic are some minor physical score marks which are not distracting.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $400

Closed on 5/21/2014