"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)
Publication: L'Atlas Curieux
Color: Hand Color
13.4 x 9 inches
34 x 22.9 cm
This charming map of the Americas is a reduced derivative of De Fer's classical wall map of 1698 with information gathered from the archives of the Academie Royale des Sciences. The island of California covers the entire west coast of North America north of the Tropic of Cancer with two large imaginary islands off shore. 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. There are 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 a compass rose. This is the second state with the date changed to 1705.
References: Burden #759; McLaughlin #135, Pastoureau, FER I D; Tooley (Amer) #61, p. 126.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with marginal soiling.