"Amerique Septentrionale Divisee en Ses Principales Parties, ou sont distingues les uns des autres Les Estats…", Elwe, Jan Barend
Subject: North America
Period: 1792 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
22.6 x 18.3 inches
57.4 x 46.5 cm
Large, decorative map copied from the Jaillot/Sanson map of 1674 with the same decorative title and scale of miles cartouches. The map has been updated to some extent with the western Great Lakes complete, and the peninsular California. However, Buttons Bay is still open-ended, and the "R. del Norte" is still shown emptying into the "Mer Rouge" (Gulf of California). The political divisions are also outdated, with the continent divided between the colonial interests of England, France and Spain. It is possible the plate was acquired at the dissolution of the Jaillot firm in 1781, and revised with his imprint. Even with the outdated geography it is a very unusual and visually delightful map with fully colored cartouches.
Minor tears in margins with archival tape repair.