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Auction 182, Lot 111

"Carte de la Californie et des Pays Nord-Ouest Separes de l'Asie par le Detroit d'Anian, Extraite de Deux Cartes Publiees au Commencement du 17e Siecle...", Robert de Vaugondy/Diderot

Subject: Western North America

Period: 1772 (dated)

Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedie (Supplement)

Color: Hand Color

12.8 x 11.5 inches
32.5 x 29.2 cm
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The Encyclopedie was published under the direction of Diderot from 1751 onward with thousands of articles written by the most prominent philosophers and scientists of the time. These great minds collaborated in the goal of assembling and disseminating the fruits of accumulated knowledge and learning. This massive reference work for the arts and sciences, served to propagate Enlightened ideas. Read a full description of this work and Diderot at

Two contrasting maps, one inset into the other. The inset map is based on a world map by Plancius issued in 1641, while the larger map is based on Visscher's map of 1612. Other than a recognizable Baja California, the maps are filled with the cartographic myths of the 17th century. The northwest coast bulges too far to the west. Both maps feature the seven cities of Cibola gathered around a spurious lake in the American Southwest.

References: Pedley #473; Wagner (NW) #632; Wheat (TMW) #159.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper, issued folding and now flattened. There is minor offsetting and some short tears along the folds that have been professionally repaired, with a minute amount of image replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $75

Closed on 4/28/2021