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Auction 125, Lot 113

"Carte d'un Tres Grand Pais Nouvellement Decouvert dans l'Amerique Septentrionale Entre le Nouveau Mexique et la Mer Glaciale…", Hennepin, Louis de (Fr.)

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1704 (dated)

Publication: Nouvelle Decouverte…

Color: Black & White

17.8 x 15 inches
45.2 x 38.1 cm

This significant map of eastern North America focuses on the region of French influence in North America. It is most notable for its depiction of the river and lake routes into the interior and the Great Lakes region, particularly the delineation of Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron, which are a marked improvement over Sanson's maps. Even with these improvements, the lack of accuracy is very evident; the lakes are enlarged and exaggerated, Hudson Bay is too far to the east and the Mississippi River too far to the west with its mouth in what is present-day Texas. This example is the third state (Burden), published by Pierre Van der Aa.

Louis de Hennepin, a Franciscan missionary, accompanied LaSalle in the explorations of the Upper Mississippi. After LaSalle returned for additional supplies, Hennepin and his party were captured by Sioux Indians. While traveling with the Indians, Hennepin discovered the falls where Minneapolis now stands and named them St. Anthony Falls, in honor of his patron saint. Rescued in 1681 by Sieur du Luth (Duluth), Hennepin returned to Europe where he published accounts of his journey with some embellishments, including a claim that he preceded LaSalle to the upper Mississippi.

References: Burden #739; McCorkle #697.3; Karpinski, pp. 118-123.

Condition: A+

Issued folding, now flattened and professionally backed with light Japanese tissue with the bottom margin extended to better accommodate framing.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $3,500

Closed on 9/24/2008