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Collection name:
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Lisle, Guillaume de, 1675-1726
Short Title:
L'Amerique Septentrionale.
Guillaume DeLisle, Quai de l'Horloge
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Atlas Map
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Engraved map in outline color. Relief shown pictorially. Shows routes of Cortez, Gaetan, Drake, Medana and Olivier in the Pacific. Extends east to the Azores. Below title cartouche, the imprint of L. Renard Libraire, Amsterdam has been erased from the engraving plate. Title cartouche is by "N. Guerard, inv. et fec." "Avertissement" is in a cartouche below bar scales.
P-Maps, p.564; Tooley, Mapping of America, 30; Wheat, v.1,no. 79; Wagner, 459 ("Delisle type no. 1"); Lowery, 247 (with list of references for articles relating to Delisle); partially reproduced in Paullin and Wright, pl.22A.
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North America
Full Title:
L'Amerique Septentrionale. Dressee sur les observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, & quelques autres, & sur les Memoires les plus recens. Par G. de l'Isle, Geographe. A Paris, chez l'Auteur sur le Quai de l'Horloge, avec Privilege du Roy pour 20. ans, 1700.
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Guerard, Nicholas
Engraver or Printer:
Renard, Louis
Publication Author:
Lisle, Guillaume de, 1675-1726
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(Atlas de Geographie)
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cf P533, 535; Tooley, Mapping of America p.1-28.; Martin & Martin, 14 & 19; Wheat 99; Cumming 170.
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DeLisle is important as the first "scientific" cartographer who incorporated the most current information on exploration and topography into his maps. His 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. Lloyd Brown states that DeLisle "undertook a complete reform of a system of geography that had been in force since the second century, and by the time he was twenty five he had very nearly accomplished his purpose." This copy is without title page, as issued. This is a relatively early edition of DeLisle's untitled atlas, published in Paris, with most of the maps having the "Quai de l'Horloge" imprint. All of the important maps of the Americas are present: Hemisphere Occidental, 1st issue 1724; Carte d'Amerique, 1st issue, 2nd state 1722; L'Amerique Septentrionale, 2nd issue 1700-1708 ; L'Amerique Meridionale, 3rd issue 1700-1708; Carte du Canada, 2nd issue 1703-1708; Carte de la Louisiane, 1st issue, 2nd state with New Orleans 1718; Carte du Mexique et de la Floride, 2nd issue 1703-1708; Carte de l'Isle de Saint Dominque, 1st issue 1725; Carte des Antilles, 1st issue 1717; Carte de la Terre Ferme du Peru, du Brazil, 2nd issue 1703-1708; and Carte du Paraguay du Chili, 2nd issue 1703-1708. Only two of the ninety four maps were issued after De l'Isle's death in 1826: "Carte du... Senegal... Ouvrage Posthume... Par... La Veuve Delisle 1826" and "Alexandri Magni Imperium...Opus Posthumum...1731." Early Paris editions (ie before Buache became publisher in 1732) of DeLisle's atlas with the full 94 maps are scarce - the LOC has none.
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Ownership Statement:
Copyright 2000

L'Amerique Septentrionale.