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Auction 153, Lot 348

"Carte d'une Partie de l'Amerique Septentrionale, qui Contient Partie de la Nle. Espagne, et de la Louisiane...", Pages, Pierre M. F. Vicomte de

Subject: Southwestern United States & Mexico

Period: 1782 (published)

Publication: Voyage Autour du Monde, et Vers les Deux Poles…

Color: Black & White

16.8 x 12.7 inches
42.7 x 32.3 cm

This map of Mexico and the southern United States depicts the route of Pierre Marie Francois, Viscomte de Pages, from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Acapulco, Mexico. Pages (1748-93), a French naval officer, completed a circumnavigation of the world and expeditions towards both the north and south poles between 1771-76. During the beginning of his circumnavigation of the world, Pages sailed to New Orleans and then along the Mississippi and Red Rivers to Natchitoches. Pages then traveled over land across present-day Texas and Mexico by the "Old San Antonio Road." After arriving in Acapulco, Pages continued his journey across the Pacific Ocean. Pages' account of his travels, including two maps, was published in 1782 in Voyages Autour du Monde, et Vers les Deux Poles, par Terre et par Mer... Several other editions were published, including an English translation in 1792, however not all of the later editions included the maps.

Engraved by Benard, this map represents one of the most detailed depictions of the region at the time. In addition to Pages' route, there is excellent detail of villages, forts, missions, political boundaries, "huts of savages where there are missionaries," and "huts of savages that are not policed." Province de los Texas is labeled, surrounded by Indian lands. A fascinating and very rare map.

References: Howes #P13; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.PAGE-1a #2; Streeter (Texas) #1027.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with light toning and a few tiny spots of foxing.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $500

Closed on 5/20/2015