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Publisher: LATTRÉ / JANVIER,Sr.
Title: L' Amerique divisée par Grands Etats. . .
Published: Paris, ca 1783

Size: 12.0 x 17.6 inches.
30.6 x 44.6 cm.
Colouring: In attractive original body colours.
Condition:  Light discolouration along center fold. Some spotting in the left hand half of the map. Printed on heavy paper, with good margins. Good impression.
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Attractive map of America, ornated with a decorative title cartouche. Boundaries outlined in hand colour.
Prepared by Le Sieur Janvier, Jean denis [Robert], French geographer and cartographer.
In addition to work published under his own name by Jean Lattré in Bordeaux and C. F. Delamarche in Paris, he collaborated with other cartographers and publishers in producing a considerable number of maps, many of which were used in general atlases by William Fadan, P. Santini and others.

notable for it's representation of North America. Published by Jean Janvier, and engraved by Jean Lattré. The map is justifiably famous for its depiction of one of the great cartographic "errors" of the 18th century -- a huge inland sea in the Pacific Northwest. The sea was called "Mer de L'Ouest" or "Sea of the West". Of course, it must be remembered that the search for a Northwest Passage, and a route to the Orient, was of enormous importance in the 18th century, and the existence of such a sea would have made such a passage a reality. The mythical strait of Juan de Fuca leads into the sea. Most of the western portion of North America can only be described as fanciful, including an East-West mountain range at the southern edge of the sea. More southerly, in the area of New Mexico, the river system shows some rudimentary knowledge, and Santa Fe is depicted.

Reference: Mcguirk, Mer de l'Ouest, 108.

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 L' Amerique divisée par Grands Etats. . . - LATTRÉ / JANVIER,Sr.

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