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    Sale 2825

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    30 June - 1 July 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 159

    NOLIN, JEAN BAPTISTE II, A LARGE WALL MAP 'L'AMERIQUE'

    FIRST ISSUED CIRCA 1740, RE-ISSUED BY CREPY 1785

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    NOLIN, JEAN BAPTISTE II, A LARGE WALL MAP 'L'AMERIQUE'
    FIRST ISSUED CIRCA 1740, RE-ISSUED BY CREPY 1785
    L'AMERIQUE Dresseé Sur les Relations les plus Recentes rectifiées sur les derniers observations...LOUIS XVI par... IB Nolin A PARIS chez Crepy...1785; on rollers
    121 x 140 (plate)


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    A wallmap of the Americas dedicated to Louis XVI, with attractive borders that tell the story of the discovery of the continent. The cartouche for the scale bar shows armed Europeans disrupting cannibals roasting a human head on a spit. Geographically the map is cautious, California has few details, the Great lakes are slightly enlarged, the West undiscovered. First issued in 1740 by J.B. Nolin II (1686-1762), this re-issue is almost certainly by Jean Baptiste Crepy (fl 1753-1796) who worked in the same street as Nolin in Paris and acquired the copperplates after his death. The issue date of 1785, suggests that it was printed to meet the renewed French interest in the Americas after the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783).

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