"Carte du Mexique ou de la Nouvelle Espagne, ou l'on Peut Suivre les Mouvemens des Costes [in] L'Histoire de l'Amerique ... Tome Troisieme", Kitchin, Thomas
Subject: Southwestern United States & Mexico
Period: 1780 (published)
Color: Black & White
15 x 11.3 inches
38.1 x 28.7 cm
This is volume three (of four) from the second French edition of William Robertson's History of America. The volume is divided into two books and covers Cortez's conquest of New Spain, and the conquest of Peru by Pizarro. Bound into the volume is Kitchin's map of the American Southwest and Mexico entitled Carte du Mexique ou de la Nouvelle Espagne, ou l'on Peut Suivre les Mouvemens des Costes. Cartographically, California is labeled New Albion (Nouvelle Albion) with no detail outside of a few coastal place names. The region of present-day Arizona and New Mexico is well delineated with numerous Indian villages and the locations of missions. The area from New Mexico to Louisiana is named as "Great Space of Land Unknown." The small Texas settlement of Cenis is north of the Nou. Royaume de Leon. An inset shows Mexico City on the large Lake of Mexico. Finely engraved with a decorative title cartouche and compass rose. Engraved by Benard. 12mo., hardbound in full leather with gilt title and decorations on spine.
References: Howes #R358; Sabin #71990; cf. Wheat (TMW) #172.
Condition code is for the map, which is clean and crisp with just a few spots of foxing confined to the blank margins. Text is tight with light scattered foxing. The hinges are starting with light wear to the extremities.