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Auction 134, Lot 185

"Carte Reduite des Costes de la Louisiane et de la Floride…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial South, Florida and Bahamas

Period: 1764 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

33.3 x 22.3 inches
84.6 x 56.6 cm
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Jacques Nicolas Bellin, chief cartographer to the French Navy, produced a number of important maps of the Gulf Coast. This is probably the most significant one of the region due to both its large size and the interesting depiction of the Florida peninsula as a massive archipelago of islands. The depiction of the river systems of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama is extremely detailed for the period and there are a good many Indian villages located, along with several French forts. In the gulf is a large-scale, finely rendered inset of the mouth of the Mississippi. The chart extends to include the Bahama Channel, part of the Bahamas and the northern coastline of Cuba. This is the first state.

References: Tooley (MCC-96) #745, plt. IV

Condition: B

Faint toning along centerfold with some filled worm holes and a rectangular shaped repair near center with a couple lines of neat facsimile.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 12/1/2010