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DE BRY, Th. - Floridae Americae Provinciae recens & exactissima descriptio . . .

DE BRY, Th. - Floridae Americae Provinciae recens & exactissima descriptio . . .
Floridae Americae Provinciae recens & exactissima descriptio . . . - DE BRY, Th.
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Title : Floridae Americae Provinciae recens & exactissima descriptio . . ..
Map maker : DE BRY, Th..
Date : Frankfurt, 1591.
Size : 14.4 x 17.8 inches. / 36.7 x 45.1 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :A superb map of the Eastern Seaboard from Cape Lookout to Florida, with Cuba and the Bahamas, by the official artist of the second French Huguenot expedition to their colony at Charlefort, 1564.
Jacques Le Moyne's map is one of the most important 16th Century maps of the region.
Of interest is the large expanse of water at the top of the map, either representing the Great Lakes or Verrazzano's Sea: the waterfall, believed to be based on the local Indians' accounts of Niagara, and Port Royal named on a map for the first time.
When the Spanish destroyed the colony of 'heretics' Le Moyne fled into the wild, but eventually joined other Huguenot immigrants in London. Working from memory (having lost most of his possessions in the swamps) he produced this map and a number of watercolours (only one now extant). In 1587 de Bry met le Moyne in London and tried to buy his papers, but as le Moyne was working for Sir Walter Raleigh he refused to sell. However le Moyne died the following year and de Bry was able to buy this map and some sketches from his widow.

Dare to go in Black. All early maps are printed in black and white and many were kept that way for a long time. A black and white map in an early and strong impression is a rarity now-a-days with so many being recently coloured up !
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Cumming, 14. Burden, America 79.
Condition : Very good impression. Small margins as issued. Very fine to mint condition.

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