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1746 – J.B.B. d’Anville – Amerique Septentrionale Publiee

Title:                      “Amerique Septentrionale Publiee sous les Auspices de Monseigneur le Duc d’Orleans Premier Prince du Sang. . .”

A large map of North America and the West Indies was one of the best French maps of North America prior to the French & Indian War. This map provides good information in New Mexico and the Mississippi and Missouri River Valleys. A remnant of Lahontan’s fabled Grande Rivier is retained west of Lac du Bois. The region of the Ohio River Valley and below the Great Lakes reflects the superior knowledge of the French in these regions. The newly formed colony of Georgia appears squeezed between South Carolina and the Spanish claims to Florida. The map names Tecas and includes a notation on the Texas coast concerning Port Francois referring to La Harpe’s expedition. Many place names, Indian tribes, and forts are located. At upper left is an inset of Hudson and Baffin Bays. Map engraved by Guillame Delahaye, decorative cartouche drawn by Graevlot and engraved by Major. Printed on four sheets of heavy paper, joined in two horizontal segments.

Cartographer:      Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville (1697 – 1782)
Sheet size:          2* 91 x 56 cm
Year:                     1746
Technique:           copper engraving

Good condition, original colors, very strong print and paper with map makers watermarks, wide margins. Slightly browned and occasionally slightly stained with the usual folding points. Map dated. 

This is a genuine antique map published in 1746 and not a modern copy or reprint!

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