United States North America 1766 Bion River of West Quivira Admiral de FuenteBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Nouveau Mexique, Louisiane, Canada, et Nouvelle Angleterre.
(North America & Caribbean, United States, Canada, New Mexico, Louisiana).
Issued 1766, Paris, by M. Brion.
Beautiful mid-18th century map, with original hand color.
The apocryphal "River of the West" shown apparently connecting Hudson Bay with the Pacific ocean. Mythical Kingdom of Quivira named, Russian discoveries along the coastline leading to Alaska with notation mentioning Admiral de Fuente, curious mountain range running east-west from California, the east coast English colonies identified as belonging to England, etc. Strapwork and vegetation cartouche lower right.
Two page analysis in French describing the history and interesting facts concerning the European holdings in North America affixed on either side of map by publisher when issued.
Light uniform paper age toning, original fold line, remaining clean - a pleasing and well preserved visual example.
Sheet measures c. 12 3/4" H x 19 3/4" W.
Printed area measures c. 11" H x 18 3/4" W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, v. 1.