"[On 3 Sheets] Amerique Meridionale Publiee sous les Auspices de Monseigneur le Duc d'Orleans Premier Prince du Sang", Anville, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'
Subject: South America
Period: 1748 (dated)
Publication: Mr. Postlethwayt's Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce
Color: Hand Color
30.3 x 15.3 inches
77 x 38.9 cm
This huge map is printed on three sheets and shows towns and villages, watershed, topography and much detail along the coastline. However, areas of the interior are left blank by d'Anville where geographical knowledge was scare or nonexistent. Short notations are included throughout the map, and two mythical lakes still appear: Parima L. in Guyana and Laguna de los Xareyes in the center of the continent. A large rococo-style cartouche in the lower right includes notes on the creation of the map. Engraved by Delahaye. A large and handsome map of the continent that is rarely offered. If the sheets were joined together, the map would measure approximately 30 x 45".
References: Rumsey #73.
Nice impressions with contemporary outline color on sturdy sheets with the watermarks of a birdhouse on each sheet, "D[heart]Taminiet Auvergne" on the southern sheet, and "G[heart]Filhat Auvergne 1788" on the other two sheets. There are light dampstains that are mostly visible at top and bottom. The central sheet has a paper flaw in the Atlantic Ocean. The first image is a composite image - the map is in 3 separate sheets.