"Carte de la Baye de Hudson…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1744 (dated)
Publication: Histoire et Description Generale de la Nouvelle France
Color: Hand Color
11.5 x 8.3 inches
29.2 x 21.1 cm
This chart of Hudson Bay and Labrador depicts the coastal features and includes the forts of Rupert, Monsoni, St. Germain, and Bourbon. Inland, detail is limited to rivers and a few places names. Two notations identify the discoveries of Middleton in 1742. A simple title cartouche incorporates two distance scales. Engraver's imprint, Desbruslins Sculpsit at lower right. An uncommon issue that pre-dates numerous Hudson Bay maps issued later by Bellin.
References: Kershaw #423.
Nice impression on fine hand laid paper with very wide margins and text watermark. Some marginal flaws, but map image is very good. Later hand coloring.