North America California as Island sea monster 1719 Chiquet fine decorative mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
L'Amerique Septentrionale qui fait partie des Indes Occidentales.
(America with West Indies- Caribbean- California as an island).
Issued 1719, Paris by Jacques Chiquet.
Wonderful early 18th century antique engraved map with original outline hand color.
Outstanding decorative visual appeal.
Strapwork cartouche with serpents top left includes 1719 date, two sailing ships and a sea monster within the Atlantic ocean.
Of note for the bold and highly detailed depiction of California as an island.
The United States is still divided in broad regions controlled by Colonial powers including Spain, France, England, Denmark, etc.
The English colonies which would eventually become the United States are here confined to east of the Appalachian mountains, stopping north of Florida and north where they meet total French control of modern-day Canada, the Great Lakes and the mid-west U.S.
Engraved annotations with dates including one lower left which extolls California as being one of the islands of the known world, having been discovered in 1534-1542.
Map displays light old dampstaining along the right edge, primarily confined to the wide blank margins, but otherwise displays a fine age patina. Very nice looking example.
Sheet measures c. 8"H x 10"W.
Printed area measures c. 6 1/2"H x 9"W.
McLaughlin, Mapping of California as an Island , 191.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. 1, p, 264.
Moreland & Bannister, Antique Maps , p. 132.
Phillips, Atlases in the Library of Congress , 4279.