Carte De Suisse ou Sont les Cantos de Zurich, Berne, Lucerne, Uri, Schwitz, Underwald, Zug, Glaris, Basle, Fribourg, Soleurre, Schaffouse et Appenzel Les Alliez qui sont la Ville de Bienne, lAbb'e et la Ville de S Gal, Grise, de Cadee et des Dix Droitures Le Pays de Valais, l'Eveché de Basle, Mulhausen, Neuchatel, Geneve. Dressée sur les memoires de Mr. Merveilleux Coner. Secr. Interprete de S M.T. C. aux Grisons Par Guillaume Del Isle de l'Academie Rle. des Sciences.
Guillaume de L'Isle (1675-1726) was a cartographer and the Premier Geographer to the King in France beginning in 1718. His family played a significant part in the world of French cartography in the eighteenth century. At age 9, he drew his first map and at age 27 he became a member of the Académie Royale des Sciences. He studied under Jacques Cassini, acquiring knowledge in both mathematics and astronomy. Due to his academic background and his "critical approach to the maps of his predecessors" he became known as the first "scientific cartographer" (Moreland and Bannister, 132). Among his works are "Globe, map of the world and the four continents" (1700), "Atlas de Géographie" (1700-12), "Mississippi" (1701), "Carte du Mexique et de la Floride…" (c.a. 1703), "Carte de la Louisiane et du Mississippi" (1718) and posthumously, "Atlas Noveau" (1730 and later). Following his death, his widow took up the business with a partner, Philippe Buache (Tooley 395; Moreland and Bannister, 131-2).
This particular map was most likely published in de L'Isle's "Atlas de Géographie" (David Rumsey Cartography Associates).
David Rumsey Cartography Associates. "David Rumsey Collection. Carte de Suisse ou sont les Cantons de Zurich, Berne, Lucerne, Uri, Sc…" Accessed 19 Mar 2009.
Moreland, Carl and David Bannister. "Antique Maps: A Collector's Handbook." New York: Longman Group, Ltd., 1983.
Tooley, Ronald Vere. "Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers." Hertfordshire: Map Collector Publications Limited, 1979.