"Carte des Parties Nord et Ouest de l'Amerique Dressee d'Apres les Relations les Plus Authentiques par M... en 1764", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier
Subject: Colonial United States & Canada
Period: 1772 (dated)
Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedia (Supplement)
Color: Black & White
14.4 x 11.3 inches
36.6 x 28.7 cm
The Encyclopedie was published under the direction of Diderot from 1751 onward with thousands of articles written by the most prominent philosophers and scientists of the time. These great minds collaborated in the goal of assembling and disseminating the fruits of accumulated knowledge and learning. This massive reference work for the arts and sciences, served to propagate Enlightened ideas. Read a full description of this work and Diderot at Wikipedia.com.
Robert de Vaugondy's rendition of Samuel Engel's map of 1764 alters the North American coastline slightly and extends to include part of Asia. The myth of a Northwest Passage continues to persist, here linking the Detroit d Anian with Lac Michinipi by a system of rivers and a large Lac des Conibas. There is also a River of the West that connects to another large lake, L. des Tahuglanuks that is located near a remnant of Lanhotan's R. Longue. Alaska is shown as a series of large islands. California is labeled Grand Quivira. A great map that illustrates many of the cartographic myths of the period.
A crisp impression on a sheet with ample margins and a "M" watermark. There is a minor spot in the map image along the California coast, a short printer's crease in the bottom margin, and a small dampstain in the top blank margin.