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Auction 198, Lot 53

"L'Amerique, Meridionale et Septentrionale Dressee Selon les Dernieres Relations et Suivant les Nouvelles Decouvertes dont les Points Principaux sont Placez sur les Observations de Mrs. de l Academie Royale des Sciences", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1700 (dated)

Publication: L'Atlas Curieux ou le Monde...

Color: Hand Color

13.3 x 8.9 inches
33.8 x 22.6 cm
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This is the first state of this charming map of the Americas. It is a reduced derivative of De Fer's classical wall map of 1698 with information gathered from the archives of the Academie Royale des Sciences. The island of California covers the entire west coast of North America north of the Tropic of Cancer with two large imaginary islands off shore. One of the prominent features in northern Mexico is Les Mine de S. Iean et de Ste. Barbe, the legendary Santa Barbara mines of the Chihuahua-Durango region. There are several large spurious lakes on both continents. A partial coastline of New Zealand appears beside the title cartouche. The map is richly decorated with three cartouches and a compass rose.

References: Burden #759; McLaughlin #135, Pastoureau, FER I A #5; Tooley (Amer) #61, p. 126.

Condition: B+

Contemporary outline color on watermarked paper that has been remargined on all sides. There is some light toning, minor foxing, and a bit of staining along the top border.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $475

Closed on 6/19/2024