Auction 108, Lot 125

"Nova Francia et Regiones Adiacentes", de Laet, Joannes

Subject: Canada

Period: 1630 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

Considered one of the foundation maps of Canada, this is the first printed map to show an accurate Prince Edward Island and the earliest to show a north-south orientation of Lake Champlain. The R. Saguenay is accurately depicted flowing from two unnamed lakes and Lac S. Pierre is clearly identified. As a director of the newly formed Dutch West India Company, De Laet had access to much of the cartographic work and manuscript material done at the time, including the work of Hessel Gerritsz, the official cartographer of the Company. While some attribute the cartography of this map to Gerritsz, the geography of Newfoundland is considerably different from other maps by him. The numerous Portuguese place names infer a Portuguese source for the map. In any case, De Laet's depiction of Newfoundland was copied by several other cartographers to the end of the century.

References: Burden #230; Kershaw #88.

Condition: B

Bit of faint soil. Small filled hole at centerfold, backed with light tissue. A few minor areas of paper weakness only noticeable when held to strong light.

Estimate: $900 - $1,000

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 9/29/2004