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De l’Isles landmark map of Canada

Dramatic map depicting northeastern North America between Baffin Bay and the latitude of Philadelphia. Shown are extensive details of settlements, forts, waterways (real and imagined), and native American territories. The large cartouche shows flora and fauna, native Americans, and French missionaries at work, all surmounted by the French fleur-de-lis. The strength of the impression and […]

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A rare and curious “planisphere”

A rare and curious map of the Western Hemisphere, originally accompanying a geographical primer by Samuel Dunn. This complicated image depicts the Western Hemisphere on what Dunn called a “stereographic” projection. He intended this to mimic the visual and mathematical properties of globes, and their utility as teaching tools, without the expense. The map features […]

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