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Auction 123, Lot 254

"Plan de la Baye de Pansacola", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Florida, Pensacola

Period: 1744 (dated)

Publication: Charlevoix's Histoire et Description de la Nouvelle France

Color: Black & White

11.3 x 7.8 inches
28.7 x 19.8 cm
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An early chart of Pensacola Harbor, showing the locations of forts St. Charles and St. Rose, as well as soundings and anchorages. This example was engraved from maps and charts brought back to Paris by Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761), a Jesuit historian who explored the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River Basin from 1721-22. He was shipwrecked near Pensacola on his way to New Orleans. His detailed notes and scientific observations enlivened the memoir on the explorations, Histoire et Description de la Nouvelle France. The map was engraved by Dheulland in Paris under the direction of Jacques Nicolas Bellin.

References: Tooley (MCC-96) #720.

Condition: A

A good impression on a sheet with folds as issued. The map has hinge remnants on verso, and a couple short tears in the upper margin, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $450 - $600

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/20/2008