1723 De Fer Map of Hispaniola or Santo Domingo

L'Isle St. Domingue ou Espagnole Decouverte l'an 1492 par les Espagnols.

1723 De Fer Map of Hispaniola or Santo Domingo


Charismatic and highly decorative map of Hispaniola or Santo Domingo.

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L'Isle St. Domingue ou Espagnole Decouverte l'an 1492 par les Espagnols.
  1723 (dated)    17.5 x 23.5 in (44.45 x 59.69 cm)     1 : 1380000


A stunning large format example of Nicolas De Fer and Guillaume Danet's map of the island of Santo Domingo or Hispaniola. The map coves the island in full as well as parts of adjacent Cuba and Turks & Caicos. The island is shown with colored boundaries derived form the 1697 Treaty of Ryswick dividing the island into the western French portion (modern Haiti) and the larger eastern lands of Spain (Dominican Republic). Topography is drawn in profile according to De Fer's idiosyncratic style. There are two elaborate cartouches both depicting local people, flora, and fauna – no doubt intended to illustrate the wealth of the island. The upper cartouche shows two boats in shallow waters spearing sea turtles and is surmounted by a Spanish-looking gentleman with a dashing brimmed hat. The cartouche in the lower right shows people picking fruit.


Nicholas de Fer (1646 - October 25, 1720) was a french cartographer and publisher, the son of cartographer Antoine de Fer. He apprenticed with the Paris engraver Louis Spirinx, producing his first map, of the Canal du Midi, at 23. When is father died in June of 1673 he took over the family engraving business and established himself on Quai de L'Horloge, Paris as an engraver, cartographer, and map publisher. De Fer was a prolific cartographer with over 600 maps and atlases to his credit. De Fer's work, though replete with geographical errors, earned a large following because of its considerable decorative appeal. In the late 17th century, De Fer's fame culminated in his appointment as Geographe de le Dauphin, a position that offered him unprecedented access to the most up to date cartographic information. This was a partner position to another simultaneously held by the more scientific geographer Guillaume Delisle, Premier Geograph de Roi. Despite very different cartographic approaches, Delisle and De Fer seem to have stepped carefully around one another and were rarely publicly at odds. Upon his death of old age in 1720, Nicolas was succeeded by two of his son-in-law, Guillaume Danet and HIS brother Jacques-Francois Danet, and their heirs, who continued to publisher under the De Fer imprint until about 1760.

Guillaume Danet (1670 – 1732) was a Paris based French map publisher active in the early and middle parts of the 18th century. Danet was the son in law of the more famous cartographer and map publisher Nicolas De Fer. Along with his brother, Jacques-François Besnard Danet, Guillaume Danet took over De Fer's publishing business following De Fer's death in 1720. Following Danet's death his business was continued by his widow, Marguerite de Fer, until about 1746.


De Fer, N., Atlas ou recüeil de cartes geographiques, dressées sur les nouvelles observations de Mrs de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, (Paris, De Fer) 1723.     The Atlas ou Recueil de Cartes Geographiques was published by Nicolas De Fer from 1709 until about 1729. It was a composite atlas and as such no two examples are identical. Customers would instead order the atlas assembled from whichever De Fer maps they found most interesting. On De Fer's death in 1720 the publication of his maps was taken over by Guillaume Danet (De Fer's brother in law) and his brother Jacques-Francois Danet, who continued to publish the atlas until about 1739.


Very good. Minor centerfold wear. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible. Wide clean margins.


OCLC 89830035, 906925903. Rumsey 10022.104.