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Auction 168, Lot 71

"Carte du Gouvernement de l'Amerique", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1705 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Historique

Color: Hand Color

17.3 x 13 inches
43.9 x 33 cm

A folio sheet filled with fascinating French text, statistics and four engravings showing the Council of the Indies dividing up Spanish Empire in America. The map itself (3.7 x 5.2") shows an unnamed island of California on the Sanson model. The only political detail is the division of the regions between the colonial powers. Far to the south, a purely speculative Antarctic continent is suggested as Terre Inconnue.

References: McLaughlin #164.

Condition: A

A dark impression on paper with a Strasburg Lily watermark, light printer's ink residue, and a faint stain in the tables to the left of the map. There is an archivally repaired centerfold separation confined to the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $160 - $190


Closed on 6/6/2018