Fine full color example of JA Dezauche's edition of Guillaume De L'Isle's monumental map, which has been significantly revised to reflect the creation of the newly independent United States of America (Etats Unis D'Amerique).
De L'Isle's Carte du Mexique, first published in 1703 is widely regarded as one of the most influential maps in the history of American Cartography. This updated version of the map, published by Dezauche (one of De L'Isle's successors) in 1783, is the first edition to identify the United States boundaries. The US is shown extending westward to the Mississippi, and the boundaries of the various European colonies are identified in various outline colors.
The map's original treatment of Texas, the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Valley are all of great cartographic importance. Florida is shown as an archipelago.
This is one of the earliest editions of the map to reference the newly formed United States (Etats Unis) in the title.
Jean-Claude Dezauche (fl. 1780-1838) was a French map publisher. Initially, his work focused on engraving music, but he later turned primarily to cartography. His is best known for editing and reissuing the maps of Guilluame De L’Isle and Philippe Buache, two of the most skilled mapmakers of the eighteenth century. He acquired the plates of these two men’s work in 1780 from Buache’s heir, Jean-Nicolas Buache. Dezauche's business received a further boon when he received a privilege to sell the charts of the Dépôt de la Marine. His business was carried on by his son, Jean-Andre Dezauche.