Scarce Large-Format Map in Full Original Color
"Carte des Isles Antilles et du Golfe du Mexique; avec la Majeure Partie de la Nouvelle Espagne", Bonne/Lattre
Subject: Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean
Period: 1782 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
56.5 x 25.8 inches
143.5 x 65.5 cm
This wall-sized map of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean gives excellent detail both on land and at sea. There is dense information on topography, rivers, and cities throughout Mexico and Central America, with less information within the southern US. Within present-day Texas is a notation regarding the presence of cannibalistic Native Indians: "Atacapa ou Antropophages Indiens errans." The trade winds are shown with hachures and arrows, and there is great detail of all the islands in the Caribbean. The cartography is quite accurate for the time period, although the Yucatan Peninsula is too narrow at its base, and Baja California extends too far east at its tip. Originally published in 1780, this is the revised edition published in 1782. Printed on three sheets, joined as issued.
Full original color, issued folding with archival repairs to a few short separations along the folds. There are several light stains and minor toning along the joints.