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Auction 118, Lot 203

"Carta Geografica del Canada nell'America Settentrionale", Albrizzi, Girolamo

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1750 (circa)

Publication: Atlante Novissimo

Color: Black & White

16.8 x 13 inches
42.7 x 33 cm

Beautifully engraved, Italian edition of Delisle's important map of Eastern Canada and New England, including all of the Great Lakes, Labrador and Hudson Bay. The map features Baron Lahontan's imaginary Longue Riviere, which is shown rising in distant western mountains and emptying into the upper Mississippi River. There is Italian text to the left of the map discussing the Longue Riviere, here called Il Fiume Longo. The Great Lakes are mostly correct, with a few phantom islands persisting in Lake Superior. The location of numerous forts and Indian tribes are noted throughout the map. Adorned with a large, pastoral cartouche featuring a strange sea creature resembling something between a Labrador Retriever and a mermaid.

References: Kershaw #342 pl.224; Phillips Atlases #594-40.

Condition: B

Some centerfold toning and a little offsetting and a few spots, mostly in blank margin.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Sold for: $600

Closed on 3/6/2007