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Auction 168, Lot 377

"[On 3 Sheets] Amerique Meridionale Publiee sous les Auspices de Monseigneur le Duc d'Orleans Premier Prince du Sang", Anville, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'

Subject: South America

Period: 1748 (dated)

Publication: Mr. Postlethwayt's Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce

Color: Hand Color

30.3 x 15.2 inches
77 x 38.6 cm
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This huge map is printed on three sheets and shows towns and villages, watershed, topography and much detail along the coastline. However, areas of the interior are left blank by d'Anville where geographical knowledge was scare or nonexistent. Short notations are included throughout the map, and two mythical lakes still appear: Parima L. in Guyana and Laguna de los Xareyes in the center of the continent. A large rococo-style cartouche in the lower right includes notes on the creation of the map. Engraved by Delahaye. A large and handsome map of the continent that is rarely offered. If the sheets were joined together, the map would measure approximately 30 x 45".

References: Rumsey #73.

Condition: B+

Contemporary outline color on paper with a large birdhouse watermark. There are a couple of minor creases, very light toning along the centerfolds, and minor soiling. The bluish shadow along the centerfold of the center and bottom sheets is caused by our scanner and does not appear on the sheets themselves. The first image is a composite image - the map is in three separate sheets.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/6/2018