Auction 124, Lot 89

"Carte du Mexique et de la Floride des Terres Angloises et des Isles Antilles du Cours et des Environs de la Riviere de Mississipi…", Delisle, Guillaume

Subject: Colonial North America and Caribbean

Period: 1703 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

25.3 x 18.8 inches
64.3 x 47.8 cm

This is the third edition of this important map that is credited with accurately showing the course of the Mississippi River and its mouth for the first time. The early native settlement of Checagou (Chicago) is named on Lake Michigan, called Lac des Illinois after the native tribe. The name of Checagou refers to the wild garlic that grew abundantly there. The map influenced later delineations of the Mississippi River by Seutter, Homann, Lotter and others for many years. It is an attractive map that includes much of the present-day United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The British colonies are confined along the Eastern Seaboard. Florida is shown as a Spanish possession taking in the entire southern region and the Southwest is labeled Nouveau Mexique. The decorative cartouche was engraved by C. Simmoneau.

References: Cumming #137; Tooley (Amer) #50, pp. 23; Wheat pp 58-61; Wagner #474; Schwartz & Ehrenberg pl. 82

Condition: A

A sound sheet with a good impression and a light crease. The centerfold is reinforced in the lower margin, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 5/7/2008