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Auction 138, Lot 96

"Carte du Mexique et de la Floride des Terres Angloises et des Isles Antilles…", Delisle/Covens & Mortier

Subject: Colonial North America and West Indies

Period: 1722 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.5 x 18.5 inches
59.7 x 47 cm

Covens & Mortier's issue of Delisle's important map that is credited with accurately showing the course of the Mississippi River and its mouth for the first time. 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. This issue has the route of the Spanish galleons added, and the title in Latin along the top margin.

References: Tooley [Amer] #51; Schwartz & Ehrenberg Plt. 82; cf Cummings (SE) #137; Martin & Martin plt.17.

Condition: A

Very sharp impression with just a hint of toning, overall very good.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000

Sold for: $900

Closed on 12/7/2011