Very nicely presented, wall-ready antique map centered on the Americas, 1784, by Paris-based late 18th century cartographer Jean Janvier. The map, 19" by 25 3/4"inside the mat and 30 3/4" by 36 3/4" in new black ornate frame, is generally in fresh, clean condition, with center fold and some unevenness of the paper, which photographs as shadows or brown areas. The map features an interesting cartouche at upper left, including a beaver dam along a stream, which is bordered by palm trees on one side and pine trees on the other. An unusual feature is the "Sea of the West" at upper left, which belies a lack of information at the time, concerning the geography of the Pacific Northwest region. This was about twenty years before Lewis and Clark sailed down the Columbia River. Note the hand coloring of the cartouche image and the outlines. Overall a very handsome and decorative antique map worthy of the finest home or office setting. This recently graced a fine Palm Springs estate. Photos tend to over-emphasize the unevenness of the surface.
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