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Auction 164, Lot 746

"Atlas de Toutes les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre, Dresse pour l'Histoire Philosophique & Politique des Etablissemens...", Bonne/Raynal

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
8.2 x 10.3 inches
20.8 x 26.2 cm

This is the complete atlas volume for Abbe Raynal's "L'Histoire Philosophique et Politique des Etablissemens et du Commerce des Europeens dans les Deux Indes" and is filled with Bonne's well-drawn maps and charts engraved by Andre. Included are a title page, list of maps, Analyse Succincet de Cet Atlas (28 pp.), and 50 maps. The map contents include two world maps, Europe, Asia, Africa, ten related to Europe, three related to Africa, two related to India, Arabia, the East Indies, the Moluccas, China, Persia, Philippines, Russia, six related to South America, several Caribbean charts, plus North America and those related: Mexico; le Nouveau Mexique; Terre-Neuve, Acadia...; Occidentale du Canada; Louisiana & Florida; Partie Nord des Etats Unis; and Partie Sud des Etats Unis.

In the North America map, the entire western part of the continent is left mostly blank. Indian tribes occupy the edges of the defined territory -- Apaches, Sioux, Outagamis, and Assenipouels. The British Colonies and a few major cities are named along the eastern seaboard and in the Great Lakes region. Alaska is shown as a group of islands, the largest of which is labeled Alaschka.

The map of Mexico and the Southwest U.S. details the region from West Florida through California and northern Mexico. In Texas, there is a city named Texas and a notation concerning the death of the explorer La Salle. There is excellent detail, particularly of the Jesuit missions in Mexico and the Southwest. In present-day Arizona, the Gila River is named Rio de los Apostolos. The map is filled with place names and Indian villages, particularly in today's Arizona and New Mexico. The Baja peninsula is wildly misshapen.

The map of the American Southeast and the Mississippi River Valley extends from Charleston, South Carolina west to include New Orleans and north into southern Illinois. Being a French-produced map, Louisiana extends to the Appalachian Mountains bordering the southern colonies. The Mississippi and Ohio Rivers are well delineated. Florida is shown with its panhandle extending west to include Mobile and Biloxi. Locates Charles Town, Savannah, St. Augustine, Mobile, Pensacola, and several far western settlements and forts in the frontier. A small inset provides details of the Missouri River.

Full original leather with gilt tooling, raised bands, and title label on spine. The atlas volume did not carry any publication information on the title pages, but was known to be published in 1780.

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Condition: A

Condition code is for the maps which are clean, bright, and in generally near fine condition. The map of Italy has some light uneven toning and the map of Spain has a few faint spots. There is a faint damp stain in the top blank margin that occasionally passes the neatline of a few maps, but is insignificant. Text has light scattered foxing. Extremities have light wear with a few surface abrasions, the front joint is beginning to crack at top, and the back board is bumped at bottom.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/13/2017

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