Auction 148, Lot 202

Superb Picture Frame-Style Border

"La Floride, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations…", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: Colonial Southern United States

Period: 1729 (published)

Publication: La Galerie Agreable du Monde

Color: Hand Color

16 x 13.2 inches
40.6 x 33.5 cm

This splendid map of the southern United States was based on Delisle's influential Carte du Mexique de la Floride of 1703. The map is filled with details of early colonial settlements and Indian tribes. The large lake first found on Le Moyne's 1591 map is here called Lac Grande and it is land-locked. The Mississippi is shown too far west of its true course and the Apalachicoli River flows from a large spurious lake in present day Tennessee. Details of the Bahamas are included. The Gulf of Mexico is filled with a large cartouche featuring Native Americas and an incongruent lion. The entire map is enclosed in a unique large picture frame-style border.

References: Cumming (SE) #155.

Condition: A

A fine impression on watermarked paper with two tiny tears in bottom blank margin, not affecting map. Small manuscript ink page number in lower right corner.

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/19/2014