"L'Amerique Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie...", Brion de la Tour/Desnos
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1764 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
12.1 x 11.1 inches
30.7 x 28.2 cm
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.
A nice impression with contemporary color on a watermarked sheet with a close margin at top, as issued, with loss of a tiny bit of the engraved border.