A superb, scarce and important map of the Eastern Seaboard from Cape Lookout to Florida, with Cuba and the Bahamas, published by Theodore de Bry in 1591. The map was drawn by the French artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, who'd accompanied French explorer René de Laudonnière to Florida in 1564. Details include information gathered from resident American Indian tribes as well as first-hand observations by Le Moyne. The southernmost lake on the map is labeled Lactus Insula Sarrope and most likely depicts Lake Okeechobee.Further north a significantly larger lake is labeled Lacus Aquae Dulces (Sweet Water Lake) and is shown to be the source of the St. Even more further to the north is a lake fed by an enormous waterfall, a possible allusion to native legends of Niagara Falls. This map also shows Tampa Bay and offers a rudimentary treatment of the Florida Keys and the Everglades. Northern Cuba is has good detail, with several major cities, including Havana.
The seas are decorated with two sailing ships, a wonderful double-spouted sea monster, a compass rose, and a navigational plotting tool. Armorial crests of France decorate the upper right and left quadrants.The title of the map is framed in a decorative box at the right: Floridae Americae Provinciae Recens & Exactissima Descriptio Auctore Iacobo Le Moyne cui Cognomen de Morgues, Qui Laudonierum, Altera Gallorum in eam Prouinciam Nauigatione comitat'.. It was published in Part Two of de Bry's Historia America , Frankfurt, 1591. The image area measures 36.7 x 45.1 cm [14½" x 17¾"]. Very good condition, with a bold, strong impression and no marks, rips, or tears.
The map is blank on the back, with no printing on the reverse side. Please see the scans and feel free to ask any questions.
This is an original , authentic antique map, not a reproduction or modern reprint, and it is fully guaranteed to be genuine. John Matthews Baxter, in An Annotated Checklist of Florida Maps , calls this the most remarkable and important map, which has been preserved from sixteenth century maps, of that part of the East Coast which lies between Cape Hatteras and Cape Florida. Powered by SixBit's eCommerce Solution.
The item "Original 1591 De Bry / Le Moyne Map FLORIDA SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES CUBA BAHAMAS" is in sale since Sunday, August 30, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\North America Maps". The seller is "new_world_maps" and is located in Lake Worth, Florida. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.