"L'Amerique Septentrionale, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations de Messrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, Etc.", Aa, Pieter van der
Subject: Colonial North America
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Black & White
11.8 x 8.8 inches
30 x 22.4 cm
This delicately engraved map of North America and the West Indies is based on Delisle's important map of 1700. It depicts an interesting version of California that is ambiguous about whether it is an island or not, as the Gulf of California is left open ended. The Pacific Northwest is left blank, with nothing shown north of Cape Mendocino. Neptune and two Native Americans flank the large title cartouche. The routes of the explorers Cortez, Drake and Olivier are shown in the Pacific.
A nice impression issued folding on a watermarked sheet with light soiling, some minor spots, and a couple of short fold separations that have been closed on verso with archival tape. There is a small manuscript notation in present-day Illinois.