Carte De La Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi

Covens and Mortier
Old coloured map of Louisiana, Mississippi. Printed in Amsterdam by Covens & Mortier circa 1730.

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Description

Beautiful old coloured example of Covens & Mortier's edition of Guillaume De L'Isle important map of the Mississippi Valley with the Great Lakes, the most significant map of this area published in the 18th century.

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De l'Isle's map was seminal in the history of mapping North America. The depiction of the Mississippi Valley was greatly improved over earlier maps, with Texas mentioned for the first time in the first state and New Orleans named for the first time in the second state of the plate. References to the expeditions of Hernando de Soto, René Robert Cavelier, and Alphonse de Tonty are also mentioned for the first time. Included are locations of various Indian tribes and French forts.

Covens & Mortier used the second state of the De l'Isle map as a template. Above the title line, below right a detailed map of the Mississippi River Delta and Mobile Bay.

Details

CartographerCovens and Mortier
TitleCarte De La Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi
Publisher, YearCovens & Mortier, Amsterdam, circa 1730
Plate Size45.0 x 60.0 cm (17.7 x 23.6 inches)
Sheet Size53.0 x 63.5 cm (20.9 x 25.0 inches)
ReferenceCumming, W.P.: The Southeast in Early Maps, No. 208; Tooley, R.V.: The Mapping of America, p. 22.

Condition

Excellent condition with old outline color. Never framed before.

Cartographer

Pieter und David Mortier were booksellers in Paris and have published a wide range of geographical works. After Pieter's death, his widow continued the business until their son Cornelius took over. Cornelius started a partnership with his brother-in-law Johannes Covens and established the famous publishing house Covens and Mortier in Amsterdam. They have re-issued Atlases of Sanson, de l'Isle, Visscher and de Wit.

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Old coloured map of Louisiana, Mississippi. Printed in Amsterdam by Covens & Mortier circa 1730.

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