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1703. Carte Du Mexique et de la Floride des Terres Angloises et des Isles Antilles du Cours et des Environs de la Riviere Mississipi . . . Rue Des Canettes . . . 1703 [1st State]

  • Carte Du Mexique et de la Floride des Terres Angloises et des Isles Antilles du Cours et des Environs de la Riviere Mississipi . . . Rue Des Canettes . . . 1703  [1st State]

Carte Du Mexique et de la Floride des Terres Angloises et des Isles Antilles du Cours et des Environs de la Riviere Mississipi . . . Rue Des Canettes . . . 1703 [1st State] information:

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 45.0995MiB
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 Paris
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Printing at 72 dpi 
  217.08 х 160.39
Printing at 150 dpi 
 104.2 х 76.99
Printing at 300 dpi 
 52.1 х 38.49

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Carte Du Mexique et de la Floride des Terres Angloises et des Isles Antilles du Cours et des Environs de la Riviere Mississipi . . . Rue Des Canettes . . . 1703  [1st State]

A Cartographic Landmark -- The First Map To Accurately Depict the Course and Mouth of the Mississippi River

Rare first state of the first printed map to accurately depict the course and mouth of the Mississippi River, published by Guillaume De L'Isle in 1703.

De L'Isle's Carte du Mexique is drawn from the reports brought back to France from the survivor's of the La Salle expedition into the interior of North America and from information derived from the explorations of Bienville and d'Iberville.

Wheat called the map "a towering landmark along the path of Western cartographic development." De L'Isle's map also includes greater accuracy in the Great Lakes region and in its depiction of English settlements along the East Coast. Excellent detail of the Indian villages in East Texas, based upon the reports of Iberville and the Spanish missionaries. The best depiction of the Southwest to date, with early trails & Indian tribes. Cumming described the map as "profoundly influential."

One of the most important and influential American maps published during the early 18th Century.

States of the Map

The states of the map can be identified as follows:

  • 1703 - De L'Isle's first address on Rue Des Canette
  • 1703 circa - Address changed to Quai de l'Horologe a la Couronned de Diamans. A Renard/Amsterdam address is added as a second map seller
  • 1708 circa - Address shortened to Quai de l'Horologe and Renard's imprint removed.
  • 1745 - Ph. Buache imprinted added in the bottom margin
  • 1783 - Title changed to Carte du Mexique et des Etats Unis . . .

French Revolution Provenance

During the French Revolution, literally millions of maps, books, prints, paintings, statues and other objects were "modified" to remove all evidence of the French Monarchy.

In the cartouche of the present map, the word "Royale" in "Academie Royale" and the word "Roy" (King) in the privilege were apparently removed during the French Revolution, then added back at a later date. While we have seen examples of De L'Isle maps with the French Royal Coat of arms defaced, this is the first time we have ever seen such a meticulous and minute modification. It is difficult to imagine someone meticulously removing these words from an atlas of 100+ maps!

Rarity

The first edition is scarce on the market. This is our third example in more than 20 years.

Cumming, W.P. (SE) 137; Tooley, R.V. (Amer) p.23, #50; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, pl.82; Wheat, C.I. (TM) 84; Martin, J. & R. pl.15.

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Size:
15630x11548 px
Disk:
45.0995MiB
Number of pages:
1
Place:
Paris
Author:
Guillaume De L'Isle.
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