Wall Map of America, 1781
Desnos, Louis Charles. Nle.
Carte d’Amerique/Amerique Septrentrionale
et Meridonale.... (Paris,
1781). Hand-colored engraved wall
map on four sheets joined with attached
borders, 45 x 42 inches. Desnos’
ornate 18th-century wall map depicts
the incomplete geography of the
still unexplored North American
West. Highly ornate border panels,
accompanied by descriptive text,
surround the map, presenting scenes
from American history and life.