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Description: This finely engraved hand coloured original antique maps showing the development of the mapping of Eastern Canada and Hudson's Bay was drawn by Robert De Vaugondy in 1773 - the date is engraved in the title - for Denis Diderot (1713-84) edition of Encyclopedie.
The four views represent two views by Claude Delisle in 1700 & 1703. Another view by Nicolas Sanson in 1750 and the last view by Henry Ellis in 1747
At the time of publication these maps were some of the most in-depth and accurate maps published of Asia, Canada, California and the NW region of America. Diderot's maps were intended to further an understanding of the Western Coast of America, and NE Asia, during a time period immediately prior to Cook's voyage to the region - less than a decade later- where numerous theories abounded on the NW Coast of America. A nice dark impression of this essential map for California collectors. (Ref: Tooley; M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Later Colors used: - Pink, yellow, green General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 16 1/2in x 13in (420mm x 330mm) Plate size: - 16in x 12 1/2in (410mm x 320mm) Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm) Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: - Folds as issued Verso: - None