An Early, Detailed Depiction of the Gulf Coast
"Carte de la Louisiane par Le Sr. D'Anville Dressee en Mai 1732. Publiee en 1752.", Anville, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'
Subject: Colonial Southern United States
Period: 1752 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
36.4 x 20.4 inches
92.5 x 51.8 cm
This large and graphic map is one of the earliest detailed depictions of French settlements on the Gulf Coast. It extends along the coast from Cabo del Norte in the west to Cabo Escondido, and in the interior from Province de Tecas east to Apalachicola River in Florida. The map features very fine detail along the coast, particularly in the areas of New Orleans, Pasagoula, Mobile and Mobile Bay, Pensacola Bay (here Baye de Ste. Marie de Galbes), and St. Josephs Bay. Includes remarkably accurate mapping of the course of the Red, Mississippi, Pearl, Pascagoula, Tombigbee (Riviere des Tchicachas) and Alabama Rivers and tributaries. Numerous notes on Indian villages and forts are found in the interior. Includes the large inset "Partie Superieure de la Louisiane" that maps the course of the Mississippi River to it confluence with the Missouri and above. Due to the map's overwhelming popularity, it was frequently reprinted throughout the remaining years of French Louisiana. Printed on two sheets, joined as issued.
References: Phillips (Atlases) #571-35; Lemmon, Magill & Wiese #24.
A crisp impression on bright sheets with light toning, soiling and chipping only along the edges of the sheets. The paper is otherwise very strong and supple. There are some light shadows along the right-hand fold that are caused by our scanner and do not appear on the map itself.