Auction 129, Lot 129

"Carte de la Nouvelle France, ou se voit le cours des Grandes Rivieres de S. Laurens & de Mississipi Aujour d'hui S. Louis, Aux Environs des-quelles se trouvent les Etats, Pais, Nations, Peuples &c.", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1719 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Historique

Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 18 inches
54.6 x 45.7 cm

Derived from Nicholas de Fer's important four-sheet map of 1718, this is the most informative map of the French possessions in North America in the early 18th century. Louisiana and the Mississippi Valley are based on Delisle's manuscript map of 1701, while the geography of New England and eastern Canada originates with Franquelin. Inset at top left is a large-scale map of the Mississippi Delta and Mobile Bay, based on the voyage of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville. Another inset plan and view of Quebec is enclosed in a very decorative cartouche at bottom right. The map is filled with wildlife, scenes of Indians hunting, Indian villages and notations, and the oceans are embellished with numerous ships, canoes and sea monsters. It was issued to promote the recently established Compagnie Francoise Occident, which was formed to fund the debt of Louix XIV and offered inducements to encourage settlement in Louisiana.

References: Verner and Stuart-Stubbs #11; Kershaw #332; McCorkle #719.4.

Condition: B

Original color with some toning. The map has been professionally remargined using the leaf-casting method and is backed with tissue to reinforce some cracks from oxidation of the green color.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 9/23/2009