Rare Broadside Reorganizing Ecclesiastical Divisions in the Borderlands

including Texas Missions

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255. [MAP]. [CHÂTELAIN, Henri Abraham]. Carte contenant le Royaume du Mexique et la Floride, Dressez sur les meilleures observations & sur les Mémoires les plus Nouveaux. Tom. VI. No. 17. Pag: 101. [explanatory text at lower left] Remarque.... [Amsterdam, 1719-1732]. Uncolored copper-engraved map on laid paper, original atlas tab on verso, neat line to neat line: 40.5 x 53 cm; overall sheet size: 45.3 x 57. Very fine and fresh, strong impression, uncolored (as issued).

     This is a reduced version of Delisle's momentous 1703 Carte du Mexique et de la Floride (see herein), showing much of the same area but with only minor geographical and place name changes, such as the redrawing of the Gulf of Honduras and more added place names in British North America, up and down the Atlantic coast. According to Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, first edition, Vol. II, pp. 34 & 38, Cha 7(9), the map appeared in Vol. VI of the 1719 and 1732 editions of Châtelain's Atlas Historique (7 vols.). Lowery 292 (citing appearance in the 1719 atlas). Martin & Martin, p. 93 (discussing Delisle's 1703 map and noting that Châtelain copied Delisle's map). Phillips, America, p. 567 (noting appearance in the 1719 atlas). For more on Châtelain (1684-1743), see Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers (revised edition), Vol. I, p. 258.

     Unlike some other mapmakers who copied Delisle's map, Châtelain preserved the clean, scientific style of Delisle. This copy is uncolored, as issued, making it all the more desirable for the purist. The two explanatory paragraphs of text at lower left contain very flattering remarks about Mexico and Florida, although the Native Americans of the latter are disparaged.


Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $490.00.

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