Auction 117, Lot 256

"A New Map of the River Mississipi from the Sea to Bayagoulas", Anon.

Subject: Louisiana

Period: 1761 (published)

Publication: London Magazine

Color: Hand Color

9.5 x 7.3 inches
24.1 x 18.5 cm

This is an uncommon map of the Mississippi Delta with great detail of the river and settlements. This plan is taken from Thomas Jefferys three-part map of the vicinity of New Orleans. Though there is no engraver's signature, this map has been attributed to Thomas Kitchen, and certainly exhibits his engraving style. The map shows the course of the Mississippi from the Bayagoulas village (near the present-day town of Bayou Goula) to Fort la Balise, which defends the entrance and channel of the river. An important feature of this map is the depiction of the Ruins of Fort La Boulaye the First Settlement made in 1700. This fort, located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River about fifty miles from the Gulf of Mexico, was established by Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville in 1700 and was abandoned about seven years later. In 1933 the remains of Fort La Boulaye were discovered near present-day Phoenix, Louisiana, in Plaquemines Parish.

References: Jolly LOND-198.

Condition: A+

Lightly toned with attractive later color.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/6/2006