Auction 112, Lot 120

"Carte des Cinq Grands Lacs du Canada", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial Great Lakes

Period: 1764 (circa)

Publication: Petit Atlas maritime

Color: Black & White

Size:
13.2 x 8.6 inches
33.5 x 21.8 cm

An excellent little map depicting the five Great Lakes updated from Bellin's first important map of the region in 1744. Lakes Erie, Ontario and Huron have been more accurately defined. However, several large islands still remain in Lake Superior, including the entirely incorrect Isle Philippeaux. The Michigan peninsula is still misshapen with the large mountain range down its middle. The map is filled with Indian villages and tribal territory, forts, missions, and some trails and portages. The ornate rococo title cartouche features the French crown.

References: Karpinski #79; Kershaw #970; MCC-96, #784; Sellers & Van Ee #222.

Condition: B

Good impression with light scattered foxing, mostly in blank margins.

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/28/2005

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