1 April 2014
L'ISLE, Guillaume de (1675-1726). Carte du Mexique et de la Floride, des terres Angloises et des isles Antilles du cours et des environs de la Rivière de Mississipi. Paris: de L'isle, 1703.
Engraved map of Mexico and Florida, with contemporary outline coloring, image 485 x 662 mm (513 x 699 mm sheet).
FIRST EDITION, first issue with L'isle's address on Rue Des Canettes. L'Isle was renowned for the precision of his maps and the veracity he demanded of the information they were to include. Wheat notes that L'Isle "celebrated" maps "with their corrected course of the Mississippi and these many items farther west, are towering landmarks along the path of Western cartographic development" Schwartz and Ehrenberg note that the map "is the earliest printed map to show an accurate definition of the lower Mississippi River and its delta." Cumming p. 137; Schwartz & Ehrenberg pl. 82; Tooley America p.23; Wagner 474; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 84 and pp.58-59.
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