Seminal map of the Gulf Coast, based upon information obtained from the War of Spanish Succession and other contemporary sources. A marvelous depiction of Florida, the Keys and the Bahamas. Considerably rarer than De L'Isle's contemporary map (Carte Du Mexique et de la Floride) and more focused on the Caribbean and Gulf Coat regions. De Fer's maps of the region were some of the most influential and important of the era. A bit toned and archivally backed, else a nice example of a scarce and important work.
Nicholas de Fer (1646-1720) was the son of a map seller, Antoine de Fer, and grew to be one of the most well-known mapmakers in France in the seventeenth century. He was apprenticed at twelve years old to Louis Spirinx, an engraver. When his father died in 1673, Nicholas helped his mother run the business until 1687, when he became the sole proprietor.
His earliest known work is a map of the Canal of Languedoc in 1669, while some of his earliest engravings are in the revised edition of Methode pour Apprendre Facilement la Geographie (1685). In 1697, he published his first world atlas. Perhaps his most famous map is his wall map of America, published in 1698, with its celebrated beaver scene (engraved by Hendrick van Loon, designed by Nicolas Guerard). After his death in 1720, the business passed to his sons-in-law, Guillaume Danet and Jacques-Francois Benard.