"Carte de l'Isle de Cuba et des Isles Lucayes", Tardieu, Pierre Francois
Period: 1798 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Universel...
Color: Hand Color
16.9 x 12.8 inches
42.9 x 32.5 cm
This map of Cuba extends to include the southern tip of Florida and the Bahamas. There is excellent detail of roads and cities throughout the island, as well as rivers and mountains. Christopher Columbus' initial landfall is noted on I. du Chat ou Guanahani (Cat Island), although nearby is I. de Wattelin (San Salvador Island), which is generally accepted today as Columbus' original landfall. The lettering was engraved by Andre. This map was published in Mentelle and Chanlaire's Atlas Universel de Geographie Physique et Politique, Ancienne et Moderne.
References: Cueto #56.
Watermarked paper with wide margins, a hint of toning, and a tiny hole in an unengraved area of map at top center. There is a short tear in left blank margin that has been closed on verso with archival tape, far from map.