Auction 113, Lot 94

"Amerique Septentrionalis Carte d'un tres grand Pays entre le Nouveau Mexique et la Mer Glaciale", Hennepin, Louis de (Fr.)

Subject: Colonial America

Period: 1698 (dated)


Color: Black & White

20.8 x 17 inches
52.8 x 43.2 cm

Louis de Hennepin, a Franciscan missionary, accompanied LaSalle in the explorations of the Upper Mississippi. After LaSalle returned for additional supplies, Hennepin and his party were captured by Sioux Indians. While traveling with the Indians, Hennepin discovered the falls where Minneapolis now stands, and named them St. Anthony Falls, in honor of his patron saint. Rescued in 1681 by Sieur du Luth (Duluth), Hennepin returned to Europe where he published accounts of his journey with some embellishments including a claim that he explored the Mississippi to its mouth. Despite this claim being discredited, his maps are still important for their depiction of the Great Lakes region. The handsome map depicts the island of California on the Sanson model. The Mississippi River nearly bisects the continent and empties into the Gulf of Mexico too far to the west. An inset features a large landmass, Terre de Iesso, that spans the region between Asia and North America. The map is embellished with a decorative title cartouche dedicated to William III of Britain, which is balanced with a decorative key listing the European possessions. This example is the third state, from his revised travel account published after he settled in the Netherlands.

References: Burden #738; Goss (NA) #47; McCorkle #697-2; McLauglin #124-3; Tooley p. 125 #59; Wagner (NW) #452.

Condition: A

Sharp impression with faint offsetting that erases easily. Folding as issued with normal binding trim at left.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $3,750

Closed on 12/7/2005