Auction 171, Lot 99

"Nouveau Mexique, Louisiane, Canada, et Nlle. Angleterre", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1766 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

10.1 x 9.1 inches
25.7 x 23.1 cm

This decorative map covers the majority of the continent, excluding Alaska and southern Mexico. The Northwest region is mostly blank except for notations concerning the recent discoveries by Bering, Tschirikow, and De Fuente. The River of the West is shown flowing out of Lake Winnipeg and another major river is depicted emptying into San Francisco Bay. Quivira is located in present day Nevada just below Nouvelle Albion suivant Drake. The British Colonies are confined to the eastern seaboard. The map includes a decorative title cartouche and is flanked by columns of French text pasted on the sheet, as was commonly done at the time. Brion was the former Geographer to the King of France, and Desnos was Geographer to the King of Denmark. Measures 18.8 x 11.0" with French text.

References: cf. Sellers & Van Ee #117.

Condition: B+

Contemporary color on paper with a large medallion watermark, minor soiling, and a professionally repaired 1/2" tear near the center of the image.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/6/2019