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Auction 188, Lot 66

One of the Most Popular American Maps of the 18th Century

"Carte d'Amerique Dressee pour l'Usage du Roy", Delisle, Guillaume

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1722 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

24.2 x 19.2 inches
61.5 x 48.8 cm
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This detailed map of the Americas is one of the most popular maps of the 18th century and provides a great deal of information about the state of geographic knowledge in the New World in the early part of the century. In North America the western coast is blank above California. The French territory of Louisiane takes up the lion's share of North America at the expense of the British colonies. This political bias is due to Delisle's position as geographer to the King of France. South America is well represented with a good depiction of the river systems and the locations of the Jesuit missions. The is the second state with d'Amerique in block-style lettering in the title cartouche. The map has a long publishing history that spans nearly 100 years.

See also lot 809 for R.V. Tooley's The Mapping of America that describes this map.

References: Tooley (Amer) p. 13, #2; Portinaro & Knirsch CXIV.

Condition: A

Contemporary outline color on watermarked paper with a Maltese Cross encircled with rosary beads. There is a small stain at lower right and a couple of dampstains in the left blank margin, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $700

Closed on 6/22/2022