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Auction 196, Lot 88

"L'Amerique Divisee en ses Principaux Etats, Assujetie aux Observations Astronomiqes", Janvier/Lattre

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1760 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

25.8 x 18.6 inches
65.5 x 47.2 cm
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The most striking feature of this large, handsome map of North and South America is the huge Sea of the West. It is so massive that the northern portion of this mythical sea is not shown. Two entrances from the Pacific are noted: by Juan De Fuca in 1592 and by Martin d'Aguilar in 1603. It is connected by a series of rivers to Hudson Bay in the north and nearly connects to the Mississippi River in the south, thus presenting one of the most elaborate Northwest Passages of maps from this period. The balance of the map includes a myriad of information on cities, political boundaries, and river systems. The large decorative title cartouche, engraved by P.P. Choffard, shows a stream filled with unusual beaver dams and pine trees on one bank and palm trees on the other.

References: McGuirk #88.

Condition: A

A fine impression with contemporary outline color on a sheet with a large watermark of a Maltese cross encircled in rosary beads. There are light dampstains along the top edge of the sheet, well away from the map.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/7/2024