Catalog Archive
Auction 156, Lot 73

"L'Amerique, Meridionale, et Septentrionale Dressee Selon les Dernieres Relations et Suivant les Nouvelles Decouvertes...", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1705 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.8 x 18.4 inches
60.5 x 46.7 cm

This is de Fer's reduced version of his wall map of America. It features the Island of California covering the entire west coast north of the Tropic of Cancer. One of the prominent features in northern Mexico is Les Mine de S. Iean et de Ste. Barbe, the legendary Santa Barbara mines of the Chihuahua-Durango region. The Pacific Northwest and Alaska are essentially blank. There are also several large spurious lakes on both continents. A partial coastline of New Zealand appears beside the title cartouche. The map is richly decorated with three cartouches and two compass roses. Engraved by Hendrick van Loon, who also contributed to de Fer's wall map. This is the second state.

References: Burden #753.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with original outline color on watermarked paper. There is light soiling and professional repairs along the centerfold and to a small hole adjacent to the centerfold near the southern tip of South America, with minute loss of several place names.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700


Closed on 2/17/2016