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 a scarce map of the Gulf of Mexico and 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 well depicted with notations throughout. The map is filled with place names, river systems, graphic topography, and embellished with a compass rose with fleur-de-lis. Engraved by P. Stark.
References: Lowery #281.
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.