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Nice old color example of Jeremiah Wolff's rare map of North America.

Wolff's map is one of the earliest derivatives of Guillaume De L'Isle's landmark map of 1700. The map includes and elaborate decorative cartouche and excellent detail throughout. The tracks of a number of explorers routes are shown along the west coast. Includes an interesting treatment of the Mississippi River Valley.

The map is based upon De L'Isle's landmark map of North America, published in 1700. The first state of De L'Isle's map of North America is a widely celebrated cartographic landmark. Most notably, De L'Isle's map is the first map to revert to the treatment of California as a peninsula, based upon reports received from Fra. Eusebio Kino. Tooley refers to the map as "a foundation map...and the first to revert to a peninsular form of California" (Tooley, "French Mapping of the Americas" in The Mapping of America, p. 19).

Because of De L'Isle's access to the information from French explorers in the New World at a time when the French dominated the explorations of the interior of the continent, De L'Isle's maps were invariably updated and innovative in their content. This map represents De L'Isle's first work on America and was extremely influential on other maps of the period, both for what it includes and as a snapshot of the knowledge available to De L'Isle in the 3 years immediately prior to his issuing his first regional maps of America.

The map is very rare, with only 2 examples appearing in AMPR in the past 30 years.

Condition Description
Old Color. Narrow left and right margins.
McCorkle, B.B. (New England) 700.4; Portinaro & Knirsch CXXIV; Burden, P.D. #761 (note).