"L'Amerique Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie...", Brion de la Tour/Desnos
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1764 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
12.3 x 11 inches
31.2 x 27.9 cm
This decorative map features 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. The map is surrounded by an elaborate border printed from a separate plate. Brion was the former Geographer to the King of France, and Desnos was Geographer to the King of Denmark.
References: McGuirk #130.
Original color, printed on bluish paper with minor toning along the centerfold and some printer's ink residue at bottom.