Auction 124, Lot 252

"La Riviere du Detroit Depuis le Lac Sainte Claire jusqu'an Lac Erie", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Michigan, Detroit

Period: 1764 (circa)

Publication: Petite Atlas Maritime

Color: Black & White

12.5 x 8.2 inches
31.8 x 20.8 cm

This fine map is the first printed map of Detroit. It was published after the French lost control of the Great Lakes forts to the British during the French and Indian War. It is based on two manuscript maps by Joseph Gaspard Chaussegros de Lery; "Plan du Fort Detroit" (1749) and "La Riviere du Detroit" (1752). The map depicts the Detroit River between Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair with farms along both banks, the location of the fort, settlements and Indian villages. The inset plan of the fort delineates the various streets and buildings within its walls.

References: Tooley (Amer) p. 210 #114; Sellers & Van Ee #777; Karpinski (MI) p.154-5.

Condition: A

Lovely impression on a strong sheet with wide original margins. The blank lower margin has a couple chips and a spot, well away from the map.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 5/7/2008