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Auction 196, Lot 84

"Carte du Gouvernement de l'Amerique", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Historique

Color: Hand Color

17.4 x 13.2 inches
44.2 x 33.5 cm
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A folio sheet filled with fascinating French text, statistics and four engravings showing the Council of the Indies dividing up Spanish Empire in America. The map itself (3.7 x 5.2") shows an unnamed island of California on the Sanson model. The only political detail is the division of the regions between the colonial powers. Far to the south, a purely speculative Antarctic continent is suggested as Terre Inconnue.


Condition: B+

Issued on paper with a Strasbourg bend and lily watermark. There is light toning and a bit of scattered foxing in the image, and an edge tear in the bottom blank margin has been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/7/2024