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Auction 151, Lot 712

"[Untitled - Scenes of Discovery in the Americas]", Longchamps/Janvier

Subject: Prints Native American

Period: 1754 (published)


Color: Black & White

16.5 x 29.2 inches
41.9 x 74.2 cm

This remarkable uncut sheet depicts a portion of the elaborate decorative border for L'Amerique Divisee En Tous ses Pays et Etats Dressee sur de Nouveaux Memoires, by Pierre Longchamps and Jean Janvier. The wall map, which was one of the earliest printed maps to show the Sea of the West, was printed on 8 sheets and joined. Engraved directions appear at the bottom of this sheet, indicating that these borders were for the sides of the map of America, and were to be pasted on first. Eight vignettes are depicted along with explanatory text describing significant discoveries and events in the history of the New World. The vignettes include:

A. Monarchie des Incas Rois du Perou
B. Etablissement de l'Empire du Mexique
C. Decouverte de l'Amerique par Christophe Colomb
D. Decouverte du Bresil
E. Conquete du Chili
F. Decouverte et Conquete du Perou
G. Decouverte du Canada
H. Decouverte du Detroit de Magellan


Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with light soiling, several extraneous creases, and a tiny tear in image at top left that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/19/2014