Auction 169, Lot 85

"Hemisphere Occidental", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1766 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12.2 x 11.1 inches
31 x 28.2 cm

This attractive hemisphere map is surrounded in a decorative picture-frame style border that was printed from a separate copper plate. Cartographically, Brion has devised an ingenious way to show the competing theories of the Pacific Northwest. Philip Buache's concepts, including the mythical Mer de l' Ouest and B. de l' Ouest with its Northwest Passage, are engraved in faint hachure and colored in yellow. While the ideas of Gerhard Friedrich Muller, which includes the fabled River of the West (R. de l' Ouest) connecting through a network of lakes into both Lake Superior and Hudson Bay, are shown by a solid line. There is no sign of Antarctica and the coastline of New Zealand is indistinctly shown. The oceans are filled with the tracks of the major explorations. Brion was the former Geographer to the King of France, and Desnos was Geographer to the King of Denmark.

References: McGuirk #129.

Condition: B+

In original color on watermarked paper with minor toning along the centerfold.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/12/2018