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Nicholas de Fer (1646-1720) was the son of a map seller, Antoine de Fer, and grew to be one of the most well-known mapmakers in France in the seventeenth century. He was apprenticed at twelve years old to Louis Spirinx, an engraver. When his father died in 1673, Nicholas helped his mother run the business until 1687, when he became the sole proprietor.

His earliest known work is a map of the Canal of Languedoc in 1669, while some of his earliest engravings are in the revised edition of Methode pour Apprendre Facilement la Geographie (1685). In 1697, he published his first world atlas. Perhaps his most famous map is his wall map of America, published in 1698, with its celebrated beaver scene (engraved by Hendrick van Loon, designed by Nicolas Guerard). After his death in 1720, the business passed to his sons-in-law, Guillaume Danet and Jacques-Francois Benard. 

Place/Date:
Paris / 1702
Size:
14.5 x 10 inches
Condition:
VG+
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56537
Place/Date:
Paris / 1701
Size:
13.5 x 9 inches
Condition:
VG
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43484
Place/Date:
Paris / 1700 circa
Size:
7 x 12 inches
Condition:
VG+
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39804se
Place/Date:
Paris / 1700 circa
Size:
13.5 x 9 inches
Condition:
VG+
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57384
Place/Date:
Paris / 1700
Size:
13 x 9 inches
Condition:
VG
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56375
Place/Date:
Paris / 1695 circa
Size:
27 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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61722op

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Paris / 1719
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25 x 19 inches
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VG-
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Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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23.5 x 18 inches
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VG
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Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
Size:
12.5 x 9 inches
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0953
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 9.5 inches
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1707
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
Size:
13 x 9.5 inches
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Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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11.5 x 6 inches
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VG+
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Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 9.5 inches
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8069
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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12.5 x 9 inches
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Paris / 1717
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13 x 9 inches
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VG
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Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 8.5 inches
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VG
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15971
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 8.5 inches
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Paris / 1717
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12.5 x 9 inches
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Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 9 inches
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VG
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20978
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 9.5 inches
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15970
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 9.5 inches
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20063
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 9 inches
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20979
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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12.5 x 9 inches
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20992
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 9.5 inches
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21003
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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12.5 x 9 inches
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VG
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21004
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
Size:
12.5 x 9 inches
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21006
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 9 inches
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VG
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24242
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 8.5 inches
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VG
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26476
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
Size:
23.5 x 18 inches
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VG
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27792
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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13 x 9.5 inches
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VG
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28257
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Paris / 1717
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VG
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29188
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
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14 x 17 inches
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29439
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Paris / 1717
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19 x 15.5 inches
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VG+
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30199
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Paris / 1717
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24 x 18.5 inches
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VG+
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30379
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
Size:
13 x 8.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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31033
Place/Date:
Paris / 1717
Size:
13 x 9.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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35184