"Carte Nouvelle d'Amerique", Philippe De Pretot, Etienne Andre
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1787 (circa)
Color: Black & White
14.8 x 10.5 inches
37.6 x 26.7 cm
This charming map of the Americas has very nice detail for a relatively small map, showing cities, rivers, Indian tribes, lakes, anchorages, and more. 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. Directly to the south of the Sea of the West is the mythical Quivira, and farther south, Teguaio. The area that would become Texas is labeled as Cenis ou Tecas, and in the north the Great Lakes are erroneously depicted as interconnected. 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 fine impression on a bright sheet with faint offsetting.