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Auction 135, Lot 109

"Carte du Mexique et des Etats Unis d'Amerique, Partie Meridionale…", Delisle/Dezauche

Subject: Colonial North America and Caribbean

Period: 1783 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

25.5 x 18.8 inches
64.8 x 47.8 cm

The title of this map contains a very early recognition of the newly formed United States, as 1783 is the earliest that the name appears on a printed map. This is the last issue of Delisle's map that was first issued in 1703 with the title Carte du Mexique et de la Floride. Delisle's map is regarded as the first map to correctly show the course of the lower Mississippi, accurately place the Great Lakes and locate many English coastal settlements. Its longevity and numerous copies by other mapmakers attest to the importance of this engraving. Dezauche was Buache's son-in-law, and the successor to the Delisle business. He altered the original title on the map to include the words Etats Unis. He also added a legend and color-coding to show the colonial possessions of England, France, Spain and the extent of the United States.

References: Tooley (Amer) p.22 #53; cf Cumming (SE) #137; Martin (TX) p.92-3.

Condition: A+

Fine impression with original outline color.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 2/16/2011