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Auction 159, Lot 85

"[On 2 Sheets] L'Amerique Selon l'Etendue de ses Principales Parties et dont les Points Principaux sont Placez sur les Dernieres Observations des Geographes...", Walch, Johannes

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1790 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.4 x 17.8 inches
56.9 x 45.2 cm
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A very uncommon map of the Americas on two separate sheets, made in Germany for the French market and sold by Martin Will. In North America, the young United States, labeled Republique des XIII Provinces Unies, incorporates the upper Midwest with its boundary along the Mississippi River. Spain controls the remaining western territories of Louisiana, Nouveau Mexique, Nouveau Albion and Californie in addition to its possessions in Florida. The explorations of Captain Cook are evident in Alaska, which appears in a very unusual tadpole shape. Spain controls vast regions of South America with smaller regions shown to be the possessions of Portugal (Brazil) and France (Guyana). The Dutch colony of Demerara is incorrectly colored as a possession of Sweden. The elaborate cartouche refers to the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity, with natives bowing to a figure holding a cross and chalice while an Amazon queen reclines in the foreground surrounded by an alligator, a parrot and a monkey.


Condition: B+

Overall excellent impression on watermarked paper with just a hint of toning along the centerfolds and light printer's ink residue in the South Pacific.

Estimate: $800 - $950


Closed on 9/14/2016