America Mer de l'Ouest Western Hemisphere 1766 beautiful old antique rare mapBrian DiMambro -Historical Investments
(Western Hemisphere, Strait of Magellan, Cuba, Brazil, New England, California, Labrador)
Issued 1766, Paris by Brion & Desnos
With a huge mythical Mer de l'Ouest shown above modern day California. A long westward extension for Alaska also indicates the lack of reliable geographical knowledge. Indeed, this section of northern America is almost entirely conjectural and erroneous.Various explorer tracks seen in the oceans (but prior to Cook). A fascinating map.
Beautiful and very uncommon/ rare old engraved map with nice original hand color heightened in outline. A beautiful decorative title cartouche adds to the visual appeal of the map. On either side is original letter-press descriptive text relating to the geographical area depicted. This text has been separately printed and affixed on either side prior to issue by the publisher.
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[note: we grade conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws.].
Map remains well preserved, but with some light old spotting or stains. Shows minor light age wear or surface spotting/ soiling which is visible within the scan, nice eye appeal to the map.
Paper and image remains overall clean & sound. Old maps & prints often display small minor repairs on the back, could have uneven blank margins, might have extraneous fold-lines or other small minor age flaws such as old neat paper repairs which do not detract from the visual appeal or value. Condition is carefully considered in arriving at our price.
A great antique map entirely worthy of hanging for display.
A cartographic depiction captured in a manner entirely unique to this 18th century era.
Original center fold line as issued.
Sheet measures c. 13 1/8" H x 19 5/8" W.
Printed area measures c. 9 1/8" H x 9" W
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 1, p. 191