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Auction 184, Lot 789

Complete Example with Contemporary Outline Color

"Atlas Moderne Portatif, Compose de Vingt-Huit Cartes sur Toutes les Parties du Globe Terrestre...", Laporte, Joseph de

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1780 (published)


Color: Hand Color

5.1 x 7.8 inches
13 x 19.8 cm
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This complete atlas devotes a larger than usual number of maps to regions outside of Europe. The maps focused on the Americas include a map of North America, South America, the Gulf of Mexico, New England, Virginia and Maryland, and Jamaica. There are 28 double-page maps including a folding map of France, a lovely armillary sphere plate, and 4 unnumbered, single-page plates containing astronomical charts. The cartographer is not named on the title page, though the introduction was written by Robert de Vaugondy. This atlas is sometimes attributed to Robert de Vaugondy and sometimes to D'Anville.

The North America map, L'Amerique Septentrionale Divisee en ses Principaux Etats, names the Entrée de Juan de Fuca, which leads to a very large Mer de L'Ouest and a supposed Northwest Passage stretches from Baffin Bay to the Archipel St. Lazare. There is not yet any sign of a recognizable Alaska. The British colonies are confined on the eastern seaboard with French Louisiana stretching to the Pacific Northwest.

Octavo, hardbound in contemporary leather with gilt title label on spine.


Condition: B+

The maps have contemporary outline color and are mostly very good to near fine with occasional soiling or small stains. Several maps at the rear of the volume have very short separations at bottom that just pass the border, and the folding map of France has some fold separations that have been repaired on verso with archival material. Covers are moderately worn and abraded, and the spine has a small crack at bottom.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 9/15/2021