[Louisiana, Mississippi] John Senex, A Map of Louisiana and of the River Mississippi. London, circa 1720. 19 x 22½. Original outline color. Centerfold discolored, old tears repaired verso, else VG. "A bald plagiarism" of De L'Isle's 1718 map (Wheat). Many captions are direct translations including the Wandering Indians and Man-Eaters on the Texas coast. The paths of several explorers are indicated and the site of La Salle's murder is noted. A few western settlements are dated 1705 and one, the Pueblo de Pecuries, was "founded a little while ago." Dedicated to William Law, Baron Laureston, brother of John Law whose scheme to develop the region resulted in the first great stock market crash – the Mississippi Bubble of 1719. The cartouche features Fame, putti with cornucopias, a river god representing the Father of Waters, and two cherubs engaged in mining. It was thought the region teemed with silver and gold. Cumming, SE #182; Wheat #100. $2,500.00
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