Auction 123, Lot 141

"Carte des Lacs du Canada…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada, Great Lakes

Period: 1773 (published)

Publication: Raynal's Atlas Portatiff

Color: Hand Color

11.3 x 7.4 inches
28.7 x 18.8 cm

This is an excellent little map depicting the five Great Lakes. While this map uses the same title as Bellin's prototype map of the Great Lakes, published in Charlevoix’s Histoire et Description Generale de la Nouvelle France in 1744, it has been updated with information from Bellin's similar map of 1755. Lakes Erie and Ontario are more accurately defined and the spurious islands in Lake Huron have been eliminated. However, several large, bogus islands still remain in Lake Superior, including I. Philippeaux. The Michigan peninsula is still misshapen with a massive mountain range down its center. A simple title cartouche adorns the map. This is from a Dutch edition not mentioned in Kershaw, with no page or book numbers outside the neatline.

References: cf Kershaw #953; cf Tooley (MCC-96) #871; cf Portinaro & Knirsch, pl. 243.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/20/2008