Auction 170, Lot 88

"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.

Condition: A

Original color, printed on bluish paper with minor toning along the centerfold and some printer's ink residue at bottom.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $75

Closed on 11/14/2018