POPPLE, HENRY, after.] Jean-Baptiste Crépy. 1753-1790. Carte Generale De L'Amerique Septentrionale.... Paris: [after 1756].
Engraved map, hand-colored in outline, 510 x 500 mm. Decorative cartouche in lower left corner depicting natives trading, 17 small inset plans of port cities at lower right margin. Matted and framed.
The French edition derived from Popple's 1733 index map was changed to reflect the outbreak of the French and Indian War.
Nice example of Crepy's edition of Henry Popple's Key Sheet to his 20 sheet map of North America, one of two most important general maps of North America issued during the 18th Century.
Henry Popple worked with the Board of Trade & Plantations in 1727, during a period when boundary disputes in the colonies began to accelerate the need for detailed maps. In 1730, the Board began requesting detailed maps of the entirety of the provinces and contiguous French and Spanish Dominions. Popple issued an announcement for the map in 1731, but did not complete work until 1733. The map was not a commercial success and did not sell well until after William Henry Toms and Samuel Harding took over publication in 1739. With the outbreak of the War of Jenkin's Ear, the map saw its commercial successes soar. In 1746, the rights to the map passed to Willdey and Austen, who published it until Austen's death in 1750.
The edition offered was copied from the Le Rouge edition of Popple's map, and includes the and 18 Harbor Plans and Island maps from Popple's original. This edition wa published during the French & Indian War.