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L'Amerique Septentrionale Dressée sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences..
Paris: "Chez l'Auteur sur le Quai de l'Horloge", 1708. Copper-engraved map, period hand-colouring in outline. A foundation map of America. "In 1700, Claude and Guillaume De L'Isle [first] published their foundation map of North America. What better way to usher in the eighteenth century cartographically than with this significant and influential map. It encapsulates an era in which the French exemplified a reliance on scientific mapping and beautifully incorporated it into the earlier influence of decorative augmentation" (Burden). Tooley adds: "A foundation map. The Great Lakes based on Coronelli show the French strong points at Tadousac, Quebec, Fort Sorel, Montreal & Fort Frontenac. the English settlements confined to the east of the Alleghenies, with Fort and River Kinibeki as the border between New England and Acadia. The Mississippi valley area is shown well developed with the recent French settlement of d'Iberville at Bilochy and forts at Bon Secours and St. Louis. In this map De L'Isle corrected longitude positions and was the first to revert to a peninsula form of California." Perhaps most significantly, in the second and subsequent states of the map the mouth of the Mississippi is accurately shown for the first time, being the first map to depict information from the surveys of the D'Iberville expedition. This copy Burden's sixth state, with De L'Isle's address as "Quai de l'Horloge" and with Renard's imprint erased. Burden, The Mapping of North America II: 761 (state 6); Tooley, "French Mapping of the Americas" 30 in Tooley, The Mapping of North America ; McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps 700.5.
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