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[North America] Brion de la Tour, L'Amérique Septentrionale ou se remarquent Les Etats Unis. Paris, 1779. 20 x 28¾. State one of the rare second map to name the United States. Outline color. Surface dirt, light stain in ocean, old repairs, foxing in margins, else VG. Names the United States while the Revolutionary War is still under way. Preceded only by Eliot's ground-breaking 1778 map, based on another map by Brion de la Tour. Much detail in the eastern and southern parts of the continent; the northwest is "unknown." The large, decorative cartouche includes ships in a harbor, contrasting the Rousseau-like vignette of an Indian princess nursing her twins. Sellers & Van Ee #166, State 1; see also Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, pp 61-2. $4,000.00

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