"L'Amerique Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie...", Brion de la Tour/Desnos
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1764 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
22.1 x 15.6 inches
56.1 x 39.6 cm
Very decorative map with a landscape style title cartouche and several sailing ships. While the interior of the map contains little cartographic information, the northwest part of North America is quite interesting. A large bay labeled, Entrée de Martin d’Aguilar en 1603, indents the coastline, while above that, a river and lake system provide a complex Northwest Passage. There is a notation that the existence of a Sea of the West is questionable just above this fictitious passage. This map has added panels of French letterpress flanking it as well as an extremely ornate border.
References: McGuirk #130.
A dark impression with a couple of minor spots on the text panel at left.