"L'Amerique Suivant le R.P. Charlevoix Jte. Mr. de la Condamine, et Plusieurs Autres Nouvle. Observations", Le Rouge, George Louis
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1774 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
25.1 x 19.3 inches
63.8 x 49 cm
This fascinating map illustrates some of the most interesting mythical cartography juxtaposed with important new discoveries in North America. The routes of Delisle and Tchirikow are shown in 1741 terminating on a vague island in the approximate location of Alaska. A Northwest Passage (shown by lightly engraved lines) links the Pacific with Hudson Bay where there is a note concerning the British discoveries of 1742. The Riv. de l' Ouest stretches from Lake Superior nearly to the Pacific, based on the reports of the Jesuit missionary, Pierre de Charlevoix. In South America the Amazon River is detailed according to Condamine's expedition. A text table lists the colonial possessions. This is the third state of the map first published in 1746; this edition published by Crepy.
References: McGuirk #15.
Contemporary outline color on a lightly toned sheet with the watermark of a Maltese cross encircled in rosary beads. There are a few spots in the image and more pronounced toning along the edges of the sheet.