Paris, 1708. Important map of colonial North America, showing present day America and Canada from the Great Lakes through Central America. According to Rumsey this was the first map to show accurately the course and the mouth of the Mississippi River (Image 4764099). Also according to Rumsey, " [De L'Isle's] maps of America contain many innovations: discarding the fallacy of California as an island, first naming of Texas, first correct delineation of the Mississippi Valley, and first correct longitudes of America." Original color, with the English colonies of the East coast outlined in green. "Floride" which represents the central part of America, extends west to include Texas; the southwest is "Nouveau Mexique". To the north is "Canada ou Nouvelle France", with "Mexique ou Nouvelle Espagne" to the south. Water marked paper, trimmed close to the rule line, and with margins added. Engraved by C. Simonneau. Lovely copy. 25 1/2 X 19". Tooley, R.V. (Amer) p.23, #50. (Inventory #: 16456)
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