DE L'ISLE, Guillaume (1675-1726). Carte du Mexique et de la Floride des Terres Angloises et des Isles Antilles du Cours et des Environs de la Riviere de Mississipi. Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1703 [but 1708, or later].
DE L'ISLE, Guillaume (1675-1726). Carte du Mexique et de la Floride des Terres Angloises et des Isles Antilles du Cours et des Environs de la Riviere de Mississipi. Dressee Sur un Grand nombre de memoires principalem.t sur de ceux de M.rs d'Iberville et le Suere Par Guillaume Del'Isle Geographe de l'Academie Royale des Scieces A Paris Chez l'Auteur sur le Quai de l'Horloge Privilege du Roy po. 20. ans 1703 [but 1708 or later].
Single sheet (19 6/8 x 26 2/8 inches, full margins, showing the plate mark). Fine engraved map showing the area from the Great Lakes to Colombia and from the Gulf of California to Trinidad, the title within an elaborate allegorical cartouche lower right, with original hand-colour in outline, lines of latitude and longitude (central vertical crease, discreet repairs to separation in the lower margin)
First edition, third issue with the imprint "Quai de l'Horologe," printed from De l'Isle's original plate of 1703, but Couronne de Diamans and Renard imprint removed and the engraver Simoneau's appearing beneath the neat line.
A student of the noted French cartographer, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, and the son of Claude De l'Isle, the geographer and historian to the king, Guillaume De l'Isle developed a strong basis for his cartographical skills. He produced his first terrestrial globe in 1699, and displayed a profound talent for capturing a high level of accuracy and geographical knowledge. In 1718, Louis XIV celebrated his much revered skill and accuracy by appointing him First Geographer to the French Monarchy, a title created specifically for him. In his many years in this position, De l'Isle became known for his correction of geographical errors common to his contemporaries, including dispelling the rumor of mythical lands in still-unexplored regions.