D'ANVILLE, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon (1697-1782)
North America from the French of Mr. d'Anville improved with the British Surveys made Since the Peace
London: Sayer & Bennett, June 1775. Copper engraved map with original outline colour. Repaired tears and creases in the upper margin, otherwise excellent. Sheet size: 21 x 28 1/2 inches.
A fine of copy this attractive map of North America
Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville was the successor to Guillaume De l'Isle in the sense that he maintained the rigorous standard for accuracy that De l'Isle had established. D'Anville was the last French mapmaker to establish an international reputation which was superior to all his contemporaries, as witnessed by the respect shown by English cartographers and publishers during an era when the two countries were often at war and always hostile to one another.
This D'Anville map was first appropriated by Thomas Jefferys in 1755, who used it to demonstrate French provocations that would lead imminently to war. In 1775, Sayer & Bennett revised Jefferys' map to show British colonial America as understood when the Revolution broke out.. The Peace referred to in the title refers to the 1763 peace accord with France.
The map is wonderfully detailed and informative giving accurately the locales of Indian tribes just west of the white colonies, particularly in the southeast.
Stevens & Tree 51 (c); McCorkle 775.2.