Canada United States1755 D'anville Oversize Antique Original Copper Engraved Map
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Canada, Louisiane et Terres Angloises. Description: Striking and hightly detailed oversize copper engraved map ofthe Eastern half of North America, printed in four sheets to be joined. The map covers from Newfoundland to St. Augustine, Florida, then westward beyond the Mississippi as far as modern day Texas. In includes both the English colonies along the Atlantic seaboard and French claims in Louisiana (the Mississippi Valley) and modern day Canada. Elevation is rendered in profile with fortifications, towns, and American Indian villages identified. A large inset centered on Montreal details the course of the St. Lawrence River from the Isle Aux Coudres to Lake Ontario. Beyond the political agenda of this map it is significant as being one of the finest and most heavily detailed maps of North America to appear in the 1750s, secondary only to the 1755 Mitchell map in detail despite being, in some ways, cartographically superior. Drawing on both French and British cartographic data, Anville identifies countless American Indian tribes, many of which, like the Sioux and Missouri, the British had only vague knowledge. Moreover, Anville also maps swamps, rapids, fords, abandoned villages, and even the ancient remnants of mound builder culture in the Ohio Valley. Anville notably does not include Mitchell's fictional Lake Superior islands. Date: 1755( dated ) References:Kershaw, Early printed maps of Canada v. 2, 353. Karrow, 1-0602. Lowery, W., The Lowery Collection, 408. Journal des scavans, juin 1756, p. 23-34; cf P-Maps, p. 575 (1780 ed.); Library of Congress, Maps and charts of North America and the West Indies, 17 (1780 ed.). National Maritime Museum, 200, no. 91-94. New York Public Library, Map Division, 01-5335. Cumming, W., The Southeast in Early Maps, 296. Karpinski, L. C., Bibliography of the Printed Maps of Michigan, 1804-1880, LIX. Dimension: Paper size approx.: cm74,1 x 55,5 ( top left sheet ) -- cm 84,4 x 55,6 ( top right sheet ) -- cm 83,4 x 55,7 ( lower left sheet ) -- cm 83,7 x 55,6 ( top right sheet ) Condition: Very strong and dark impression onvery strongpaper.Paper with chains and wiremark.Plate uncolored. Wide margins.Small foxing. Map browned along centre fold. Small waterstains. Warmings affecting partially themap. Conditions are as you can see in the images. Mapmaker: Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville (1697-1782) was perhaps the most important and prolific cartographer of the 18th century. D'Anville's love of cartography manifested itself at the tender age of fifteen, when he amused himself by composing maps for Latin authors. At twenty-two D'Anville was appointed Geographer to the King of France. As both a cartographer and a geographer, he instituted a reform in the general practice of cartography. Unlike most cartographers, D'Anville did not rely on earlier maps to inform his work, rather he based his maps on actual surveys and research that he conducted himself. His maps were thus the most accurate and comprehensive of his period. Thomas Basset and Philip Porter write: "It was because of D'Anville's resolve to depict only those features which could be proven to be true that his maps are often said to represent a scientific reformation in cartography." (The Journal of African History, Vol. 32, No. 3 (1991), pp. 367-413). The work of D'Anville thus marks a critical point in the history of cartography and opens the way to the maps of English cartographers Cary, Thomson and Pinkerton in the early 19th century.
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