Fine example of this early edition of Clouet's map of America, illustrating the discoveries in the Pacific and along the NW Coast of America.
The primary map shows the Bay of the West, pre-dating the later editions which begin to addbut with a tentative coastline reflecting knowledge of the Russian Discoveries in North America.
In the Pacific, the tracts of a number of early explorers are shown, including Quiros, Mendana, Le Maire, Cook, Fourneaux, Magellan, and Antoine. An interesting inset in the lower left illustrates the contemporary debate between those who believed that a large Archipelago existing in the North Pacific and the older Bay of the West theories.
Clouet's oversized maps are rare and sought after for their decorative quality.
The map was re-issued with revisions in 1787, as shown here: /gallery/detail/2905
Jean-Baptiste Louis Clouet (1730-ca. 1790) was a mapmaker with premises in both Paris and Cadiz. He was eventually named Royal Geographer of the Academie des Sciences de Rouen. Although he made several lavish wall maps, he is best known for Geographie Moderne (1776-93).