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Auction 188, Lot 76

Price Reduced by $50

"L'Amerique Septentrionale Dressee sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, & Quelques Autres, & sur les Memoires les Plus Recens", Delisle/Covens & Mortier

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1730 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Nouveau de Diverses Cartes…

Color: Hand Color

22.9 x 17.7 inches
58.2 x 45 cm
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This is Pierre Mortier's re-engraved version of Delisle's foundation map of North America. It is nearly identical to the Delisle map, with California returned to its peninsular position rather than as an island. Cape Mendocino is the farthest northern point in California, and the northern portion of the continent is left blank. The Great Lakes are well-defined, based on Coronelli, with French forts noted. The English settlements are confined east of the Allegheny Mountains, and Spanish forts are clustered around Santa Fe. The Mississippi River valley is well developed with recent French settlements. The first mention of what would be called the Sargasso Sea is noted in the North Atlantic. The map is decorated with an aquatic-themed figural cartouche and a draped scale of miles. Latin title above the neatline, "America Septentrionalis in suas Praecipuas Partes Divisa, ad Usum Serenissimi Burgundiae Ducis."

See also lot 804 for Phillips & LeGear's A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress and lot 809 for R.V. Tooley's The Mapping of America that both list this map.

References: Tooley (America) p.19, #33; Philips (A) #580-56; cf. Wheat (TMW) #79.

Condition: B+

Contemporary outline color with later color in the decorative elements. There is a small dampstain and 6" centerfold separation at bottom that has been repaired with old paper on verso.

Estimate: $800 - $950


Closed on 6/22/2022