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Auction 182, Lot 81

"L'Amerique Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1798 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

10.2 x 9.2 inches
25.9 x 23.4 cm

This decorative map features a landscape-style title cartouche and several sailing ships. While the interior of the map contains little cartographic information, the northwest part of North America is quite interesting. A large bay labeled, Entrée de Martin d’Aguilar en 1603 indents the coastline, while above that, a river and lake system provide a complex Northwest Passage. There is a notation that the existence of a Sea of the West is questionable just above this fictitious passage. This map has added panels of French letterpress flanking it. With the text, it measures 18.4 x 10.9". Brion was the former Geographer to the King of France, and Desnos was Geographer to the King of Denmark.

References: McGuirk #130.

Condition: A

There is some printer's ink residue in the map image and minor toning along the sheet's edges.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 4/28/2021