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Carte des Antilles Françoises et des Indes Voisines. Dressée sur les memoires de Mr. Petit Ingenieur du Roy
Paris: Chez l'Auteur sur le Quay de l'Horloge, 1717. An excellent early issue of this fine early map of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, from Guadeloupe to Grenada, by one of the great French mapmakers. Guillaume De L'Isle (1675-1726) was son of a cartographer and a pupil of Jean Dominique Cassini, who, among other important contributions, aligned the study of astronomy to the study of geography. Under Cassini's direction, observations were made from locations all over the world that enabled longitudinal calculations to be made with much greater accuracy. De L'Isle carried on this exacting work with remarkable dedication and integrity, constantly revising and improving his maps. While precision was his primary goal, his maps are invariably elegant and attractive. This map depicts some the highly disputed islands that figured in the sugar trade and the wars between France and England throughout the 18th century. The purview of the map is from Guadeloupe in the north to Grenada in the south, and it includes Martinique, St. Vincent, Barbados, Dominica and the Grenadines. Phillips Maps p.1054. Copper-engraved map, with period outline colour. Fine condition apart from some light old discolouration to left blank margin.
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