An Rare English Map of the United States and Louisiana Territory
Rare English edition of Jean Baptiste Bourguignon D'Anville's important map of the British Colonies in North America, published shortly after the conclusion of the American Revolution and formation of the United States.
The choice of colors is quite unusual, defying explanation.
The map evidently displays the vast amount of research that D'Anville invested in mapping the area. As the title notes, the focal point of the map is the Great Lakes, which had been mapped accurately some 45 years earlier by De L'Isle.
The course of the Mississippi can be followed to the latitude of Lake Superior, and the Great Lake region is well mapped. The Louisiana territory has several Indian tribes named, but further inland lands are left uncharted. The treatment of the Lower Missouri River is quite detailed.
This example is a London edition of a D'Anville map, made by the London publisher John Harrison. Harrison is very open about giving credit for the map to D'Anville, stating that
There is no material alterations. . . from the Original" and that "The Proprietor of this work would be wanting in gratitude were he not to acknowledge that the great Reputation and Merit of this work chiefly depend upon the Labour of D'Anville.
This map was separately issued.