Auction 123, Lot 131

"L'Isle de Montreal et ses Environs", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Canada, Montreal

Period: 1764 (circa)

Publication: Le Petite Atlas Maritime

Color: Black & White

13.7 x 8.5 inches
34.8 x 21.6 cm

A well engraved copper plate chart that shows the islands of Montreal and Jesus in great detail. Montreal (here Ville Marie) is depicted as a walled and fortified city. The map locates the forts Roland, Gde. Ance, Pte. Claire, Ste. Anne, Ste. Genevieve, and more. Also included are the surrounding islands of Ste. Therese, S. Andre, Perot, Bizard, etc. A large inset at right contains a "Plan de la Ville de Montreal ou Ville Marie" with a legend locating and naming fifteen important buildings. The chart features a rococo-style cartouche that incorporates a distance scale. Compass rose and fleur-de-lis further decorate the chart.

References: Kershaw #1108.

Condition: B+

Beautiful, dark impression on thick hand laid paper with watermark and wide margins. A few light foxing marks in map, else very good. More foxing in blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/20/2008