Auction 160, Lot 218

Reduced-Size Edition of Delisle's Influential Map of the Louisiana Territory

"Carte de la Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi Dressee sur un Grand Nombre de Memoires...", Delisle, Guillaume

Subject: Colonial Central & Southern United States

Period: 1734 (circa)

Publication: Histoire des Incas … Histoire de la Conquete de la Floride

Color: Hand Color

16.1 x 14 inches
40.9 x 35.6 cm

This is a reduced-size edition of Delisle's influential map of the French possession of Louisiana that drew together the cartographic work of the previous half century and had a tremendous impact on the history of cartography. When originally published in 1718, it was the first detailed map of the Gulf region and the Mississippi, and the first to show the explorations of De Soto, Cavelier, Tonty, Moscoso and Denis. The map was designed for the political purpose of invalidating the English claims west of the Appalachian Mountains and laid claim to Carolina by the French, which provoked an angry English response. The name Texas made its first appearance in print on the earlier edition of this map, with the legendary Mission de los Teijas, established in 1716. The notation of Indiens errans et anthrophages along the Gulf Coast warns of cannibals. However, it is the cartography of the Mississippi Valley for which the map is notable today. Due to the reduced scale, this edition omits the inset depicting the mouth of the Mississippi, and was issued in Garcilaso de la Vega's Histoire des Incas Rois du Perou … Histoire de la Conquete de la Floride.

References: Cumming (SE) #175; Tooley (Amer) p.22, #44; cf. Wheat (TMW) #99; cf. Martin & Martin #19.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now flattened on paper with an "LYV" watermark and light extraneous creasing. There are old archival repairs to a tiny tear the center, a short centerfold separation in bottom blank margin, and a tear that enters 1" into image at bottom right. Narrow right margin.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/16/2016