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Pub Year Map Maker Pub Place Map Title Map Price (USD) Picture
1674Jaillot, Alexis-HubertParisAmerique septentrionale divisee en ses principales parties . . .$3,950 Picture

An engraving with hand colored outlines.

Size: 23-5/8 inches X 36-1/4 inches

Map Type: Loose

This is a very good copy, laid down on japon. Some loss of paper in upper margin area. Small 3" tear in lefet margin extending into image. Small burn hold below the "Grand Banks". 4 inch printers crease in lower margin.

This is a large, extraordinary and rare first edition 1674 map of North America. It's edition is identified as such by the date in the margin title, the term 'milles' as the first word in the scale, and supported by the fact that none of the meridian lines run through the word 'Apache Vaqueros'.

The map covers all of North America and Central America from Canada's Baffin Bay in the north to the Spanish Main in the south. The map extends westward beyond a California depicted as an island and eastward past the Azores to the British Isles.

In addition to its remarkable depiction of California, the map also offers a very early view of the Great Lakes. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan (Lac des Puans) are both inadequately mapped on their western boundaries due to limited exploration. Like Huron is identified according to its original name Indian given name, "Karegnondi". The great lakes are shown joined to the Arctic Ocean. The Mississippi River is shown as "Chucagua" and is shown relocated well to the east of it's actual location.

This map is a graphic illustration of the primitive state of exploration in the region in the late 17th century.

References: The Mapping of North America, Plate 438, Burden, Philip, Raleigh Publications, Hertz, 1996; Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, Volume 2 Page 424, Jaillot, Alexis-Hubert, Scott, Valerie, Map Collector Publications, Tring, Hertz, England, 1999

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