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Auction 135, Lot 292

"Embouchures du Fleuve St. Louis ou Mississipi", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial Louisiana

Period: 1763 (dated)

Publication: Le Petit Atlas Maritime…

Color: Hand Color

6.8 x 8.5 inches
17.3 x 21.6 cm

This uncommon chart details the Mississippi River Delta as the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The map is oriented by a fleur-de-lis with north to the upper left. Fort Balise is shown on a small island at the mouth of the Southeast Pass and the channels include soundings and trees and other debris shown via icons. Jacques Nicolas Bellin had a distinguished 50-year career as one of France’s leading cartographers. He was the lead hydrographer to the French Navy upon the creation of France's hydrographic office, a member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. His maps of the French possessions in North America are particularly important.

References: Sellers & Van Ee #776; Tooley (MCC-96) #860.

Condition: A+

Original color and wide original margins.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/16/2011