"Carte de la Californie Suivant I. La Carte Manuscrite de l'Amerique de Mathieu Neron Pecci Olen Dresse a Florence en 1604, II. Sanson 1656, III. De L'Isle Amerique Sept. 1700, IV. Le Pere Kino Jesuite en 1705, V. La Societe des Jesuites en 1767", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier
Subject: California and Baja Mexico
Period: 1777 (published)
Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedie (Supplement)
Color: Hand Color
15.2 x 11.4 inches
38.6 x 29 cm
These five depictions of California on one sheet present a fascinating cartographic history of California. The first map reproduces Neron Pecci's map of 1604 showing the peninsula with a ragged coastline and place names derived from Cabrillo's voyage of 1542-3. The second map is a detail from Sanson's 1656 map showing the island of California with place names from the voyage of Vizcaino. Map three is from Delisle's map of America in 1700 with the question of California's insularity left open to interpretation. Map four is Kino's important map of 1705 that finally ended the cartographic myth. Lastly, map five is a portion of a Spanish map, showing the Jesuit explorations, that first appeared in Miguel Venegas' Noticia de la California in 1757, and is the first published history of California.
References: McLaughlin #241; Fite & Freeman #52; Heckrotte & Sweetkind #15; Pedley #474.
Dark impression on thick paper. Some offsetting visible.