"Nouveau Mexique, Louisiane, Canada, et Nlle. Angleterre", Brion de la Tour/Desnos
Subject: Colonial North America
Period: 1766 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
12 x 10.8 inches
30.5 x 27.4 cm
Very decorative map of the majority of the continent, excluding Alaska and southern Mexico. The Northwest region is mostly blank except for notations concerning the recent discoveries by Bering, Tschirikow and De Fuente. The River of the West is shown flowing out of Lake Winnipeg and another major river is depicted emptying into San Francisco Bay. Quivira is located in present day Nevada just below Nouvelle Albion suivant Drake. The British Colonies are confined to the eastern seaboard. The map includes a decorative title cartouche and is surrounded by a lovely rococo-style frame that was printed from a separate plate.
Original color on watermarked paper with minor toning, light foxing primarily confined to the blank margins, and a centerfold separation that enters about 1" into image at bottom that has been repaired with thin tissue on verso.