THE FIRST MAP TO NAME LOUISIANA
Carte de la Nouuelle France et de la Louisiane Nouuellement decouuerte dediee Au Roy l’An 1683...
11 1/2” x 18 7/8”. Uncolored copperplate engraving. A strong, clear impression. Left and right margins trimmed close with some reinforcement. One clean tear repaired where removed from book. A few wormholes, overall a very good example.
The rare first state of the first map to name Louisiana, a “classic of Mississippi River cartographic history.” –Burden.
The map was included in Hennepin’s Description de la Louisiane, the first published account of La Salle’s journey through the Illinois Country and the upper Mississippi River. Hennepin was a Recollet missionary who had accompanied La Salle to the Illinois Country in 1678-1679.
The map illustrates the territory through which La Salle had traveled, based upon Hennepin’s personal experience. It shows the Great Lakes and the course of the Mississippi as far south as the Arkansas, at the time the southern limit of French exploration. Beyond that point, Hennepin shows the course of the river relatively accurately by a dotted line. Karpinski praised the map, which “opened a new period in the history of the Great Lakes.”
Burden, The Mapping of North America, II, #556; Harrisse, Nouvelle France #150; Karpinski, Maps of Famous Cartographers, p. 39, 94-95; America Emergent, #39.
Inventory No. 7061