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Stock# 34572
Description

Rare map of Florida and the Southeastern part of the United States, first published in 1678 by Johann Hoffman in his Geographiae Universalis.

Hoffmann's map is derived from Pierre Duval's rare map of Florida, first published in 1660, although as noted by Burden, the engraver, Sigismund Hipschmannh, has in fact copied the third state of the Duval, which was first published in 1672.

The map provides an interesting projection of the shape of Florida, which derives from Sanson's maps. St. Augustine is named in Florida, as is Tegeste, the Cape of Florida, the B(ay) of S(aint) Joseph and S(an) Mateo. "Floride Francois (French Florida) is also noted to the north of Caroline ou Charlesford, along with the word Apache and two mythical lakes in the interior of the Southeast.

The Mississippi River (Rio del Spiritu S) is shown more prominently than the other rivers converging on the Mississippi Delta, prior to the improvements at the end of beginning of the 18th Century brought about by the manuscript maps of Nicholas De L'Isle.

Interestingly, this is also one of the earliest maps of the region to use the name Florida, rather than the French name "Floride."

This is State 2 of the map, with the plate number 85 in the top left corner. State 1 includes the plate number 66 in the top right corner.

Hoffmann's map is very rare on the market. While we have handled the Pierre Du Val map on a number of occasions, this is the first example of the Hoffmann's map we have seen on the market and here are no prior listings in AMPR dating back 30 years.

Reference
Burden 503