CHART OF THE CHESAPEAKE FROM THE NEPTUNE FRANCOIS

 

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AUTHOR:

MORTIER, PIERRE/JAILLOT, A. H.

TITLE:

Carte Particuliere de Virginie, Maryland, Pennsilvanie, La Nouvelle Iarsey, Orient et Occidentale

CONDITION:

Original outline color. 21-¼” x 31-¼”. A fine example

DATE:

c.1700

DESCRIPTION:

“This large scale map, centered on Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay, is one of the most beautiful in the history of cartography of the region” – Morrison.

Mortier’s
Carte Particuliere de Virginie is one of the finest derivatives of Augustine Herrman’s legendary (and unobtainable) 1673 chart of Virginia and Maryland, which was the first comprehensive survey of the area since John Smith’s map of Virginia, 1612. The original Herrman chart however, “had an inconvenient and unwieldy four-sheet format and, like the Smith map, achieved wide distribution not directly but through derivatives” – Charting the Chesapeake. Here the delineation of Herrman has been supplemented by new names, soundings, and additional features from another great 17th century chart of the Chesapeake, Thornton and Fisher’s 1689 chart from the first edition of The English Pilot The Fourth Book.

Attributed to Jaillot, the present map was published by Pierre Mortier in the third volume of his Suite du Neptune Francois in 1700. This extraordinary volume was intended more as a showpiece than as a working pilot for navigation, which “accounts for the magnificence of its production” – Morrison. The third volume was never reprinted and only one state of the map is known.

REFERENCES:

Morrison, On the Map, fig. 23, p. 37; also see Morrison & Hansen, Charting the Chesapeake, pp. 19-22.

Inventory No. 8621

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