Auction 117, Lot 125

"Partie Occidentale de la Nouvelle France ou du Canada", Bellin/Homann Heirs

Subject: Colonial Great Lakes

Period: 1755 (dated)


Color: Black & White

21.3 x 16.9 inches
54.1 x 42.9 cm

Superb map of the Great Lakes region illustrating strategic forts and the area claimed by the French just prior to the French and Indian War. Bellin's map, first published in 1744, dominated the cartography of the Great Lakes region for many years. Four fictitious islands appear in Lake Superior, including the infamous I Philippeaux Aut. I Minang that continued to appear on maps, and eluded explorers' searches for it, well into the 19th century. This issue was published by Homann Heirs.

References: Karpinski (MI) p.138; Kershaw #950; Schwartz & Ehrenberg plt. 97.

Condition: A

Beautiful impression with a couple of tiny spots, still very good.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 12/6/2006