"[Lot of 2] Carte qui Contient la Maniere dont se Fait la Chasse des Boeufs Sauvages et des Elans… [and] Description des Castors & de Leur Industrie, des Canots, Habitations, Habillemens, Maniere de Vivre des Sauvages du Canada…", Chatelain, Henry Abraham
Subject: Canada - Native Americans
Period: 1719 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Historique…
Color: Black & White
17 x 14.5 inches
43.2 x 36.8 cm
A. Carte qui Contient la Maniere dont se Fait la Chasse des Boeufs Sauvages et des Elans... A very unique sheet of various engravings concerning Native American customs and indigenous animals in North America. Includes a large view of an American buffalo and a grand view of Niagara Falls. At center is a table with engravings of various Indian activities, weapons and ceremonies. Most interesting are the engravings identified as the coat of arms of the Indian Nations. Sheet contains extensive explanation in French text. Condition: A large, light damp stain and two minute worm holes.
B. Description des Castors & de Leur Industrie, des Canots, Habitations, Habillemens, Maniere de Vivre des Sauvages du Canada... This is the famous beaver sheet from Volume Six of Chatelain's mammoth atlas. It contains descriptions and illustrations of beavers and their industry, and of the canoes, dwellings, hunting, fishing, clothes, customs and writing of the Canadian Native Americans. The part of the text entitled Amors & mariages des sauvages details how the prospective groom would woo his bride, which is also illustrated above. The large and pointy-toothed beaver is recognizable in later cartouches by Robert de Vaugondy, Santini and others. Condition: A large, light damp stain and two minute worm holes. There is a short tear in bottom blank margin that has been closed on verso with archival tape.