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Auction 182, Lot 71

"L'Amerique, Meridionale et Septentrionale Dressee Selon les Dernieres Relations et Suivant les Nouvelles Decouvertes dont les Points Principaux...", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1705 (dated)

Publication: L'Atlas Curieux

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.1 x 8.8 inches
33.3 x 22.4 cm
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This charming map of the Americas is a reduced derivative of De Fer's classical wall map of 1698 with information gathered from the archives of the Academie Royale des Sciences. The island of California covers the entire west coast of North America north of the Tropic of Cancer with two large imaginary islands off shore. One of the prominent features in northern Mexico is Les Mine de S. Iean et de Ste. Barbe, the legendary Santa Barbara mines of the Chihuahua-Durango region. There are several large spurious lakes on both continents. A partial coastline of New Zealand appears beside the title cartouche. The map is richly decorated with three cartouches and a compass rose. This is the second state with the date changed to 1705.

References: Burden #759; McLaughlin #135, Pastoureau, FER I D; Tooley (Amer) #61, p. 126.

Condition: B+

On a sheet with a grape bunch watermark. There is some minor creasing and an archivally repaired edge tear in the top right corner. Minor soiling in the blank margins.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 4/28/2021

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