A rare regional map of the Mississippi Valley, extending from Minnesota to the Gulf Coast and extending east to Lake Michigan and an equal distance to the west. A highly unusual map, showing the discoveries and explorations of Marquette and Joliet, one of the very few early regional maps to focus on the Mississippi Valley and one of the first maps of the Mississippi River. While highly inaccurate in retrospect, the map provides exceptional detail of the Indian Tribes, settlements, mountains, rivers, lakes and other regional features, including several early French forts. An essential map for collectors of the Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, Plains and Midwest. Only the 2nd time we have ever offered the map, and the first time with the decorative framed border. Wide clean margins. Exceptional example.
Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.