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Auction 189, Lot 72

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

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1786 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

12.6 x 11.3 inches
32 x 28.7 cm
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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. The map is surrounded by an elaborate border printed from a separate plate. Brion was the former Geographer to the King of France, and Desnos was Geographer to the King of Denmark.

References: McGuirk #130.

Condition: A

On a sheet with a bunch of grapes watermark.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/14/2022