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Auction 94, Lot 68

"Hemisphere Occidental", Desnos, Louis Charles

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1766 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11.7 x 10.5 inches
29.7 x 26.7 cm
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Fascinating 18th century map of the Americas. The map was issued during a time of controversy and confusion as to the true nature of the Pacific coast of North America. Desnos has here devised an interesting method to depict the conflicting theories. Philip Buache's concepts, including the mythical "Mer de l'Ouest" and "B. de l'Ouest' with its Northwest Passage, are engraved in faint hatchures and colored in yellow. While the ideas of Gerhard Freidrich Muller, which includes the fabled River of the West connecting through a network of lakes into both Lake Superior and Hudson Bay, are shown by dotted line and colored green. The oceans are filled with the tracks of the major explorations. This is a handsome map with the hemisphere surrounded in a rococo style engraved border.


Condition: A+

Minor surface soil in wide margins, still fine.

Estimate: $650 - $750

Sold for: $475

Closed on 3/7/2001