Auction 163, Lot 417

De Fer's Scarce Map of the Gulf of Mexico with Florida as a Peninsula

"Le Golfe de Mexique, et les Provinces et Isles qui l'Environe Comme sont la Floride au Nord, le Mexique ou Nouvelle Espagne...", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean

Period: 1717 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

24 x 18.2 inches
61 x 46.2 cm

This is scarce map of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Unlike most maps of the period, De Fer presents Florida correctly as a peninsula rather than as the broken archipelago. Lake Okeechobee is named Lac Serrope. The Caribbean islands are also well depicted with numerous notations throughout. The map is filled with place names and graphic topography. Embellished with a compass rose, large galleon, canoe with three natives, and two sea monsters. Engraved by P. Stark.

References: Lowery #281.

Condition: B+

Original outline color on watermarked paper with a light damp stain along the centerfold, minor soiling, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation that extends 4" into map at bottom.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900


Closed on 6/14/2017