By: Jean Janvier
Date: 1762 (published) Paris
Dimensions: 12 x 17.5 inches (30.5 x 44.5 cm)
This fascinating Janvier map is the first edition published by him, and features the mythical ‘Sea of the West’.
The map covers the North American continent from the Arctic circle in the north to Panama and northern South America in the south. Greenland is depicted as a large peninsula connected to northeastern Canada. The continent is divided according to the three colonial powers controlling it at the time, England with its colonies along the east coast, Spain controlling Mexico, Central America, Cuba and Florida and France occupying Canada and Louisiana.
The ‘Sea of the West’ covers a vast expanse, is positioned inland from the Pacific with the larger part in Canada, but with a portion in what is labeled as Louisiana. The existence of the sea was based on the sixteenth century explorations and reports of Juan de Fuaca, who explored the west coast of North America as far north as Vancouver Island, on apocryphal accounts of the region, and on stories told by indigenous peoples.
The map was subsequently published in a number of different states, with this first state considered the most interesting. It contains a considerable amount of information including place names, the names and territories of indigenous peoples, river systems mountain ranges, and enormous shoals in places at sea.
The map is embellished by a lovely large title cartouche featuring clusters of grapes, a palm tree and a portion of a scroll on which the title is written.
Condition: This map on heavy watermarked paper is in A condition. A centerfold separation at the bottom has been repaired with archival material on the verso.
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