Exceptional dark impression of this rare map of America, published in Spain.
The map shows a large Bay of the West and follows De L'Isle's map of America from the mid 18th Century. The cartography of the NW Coast of America follows Buache's maps, showing a large Sea of the West, with reference to Juan De La Fuca and Martin Auguilar. The interior detail shows a massive Mississippi Watershed, draining well over of North America and reaching to New York and Pennsylvania with its eastern tributaries and probingly for a NW Passage to the West. The Solomon Islands are shown, as are the Islands discovered by Davide English in 1627.
While the map's cartography is fascinating and the Spanish nomenclature quite unusual, it is certainly the spectacular dark impression and massive margins that make this map truly remarkable. We have seen the map only once before, in poor condition, making this find quite exciting. Ornate decorative cartouche.
Two prior mentions in dealer catalogues in the past 25 years, neither of which could identify the maker.