Auction 127, Lot 171

"Carte de la Louisiane et Pays Voisins Pour servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial Central United States

Period: 1757 (dated)

Publication: l' Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Black & White

12 x 8.8 inches
30.5 x 22.4 cm

Superb small map based on Delisle's map of Mississippi and Louisiana. This finely engraved and detailed map of French Louisiana extends from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and from Nouveau Mexique to Florida (not showing the tip of Florida). Many Indian place names, forts (including French) and early European settlements are shown. Nouveau Mexique in the far west includes Santa Fe and names the S. Jerome de Taos. The decorative title cartouche includes the distance scale.

References: cf Sellers & Van Ee #18.

Condition: A

Beautiful, fine example with dark impression and full margins.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/25/2009