Auction 137, Lot 139

"A Map of New France Containing Canada, Louisiana &c. in Nth. America. According to the Patent Granted by the King of France to Monsieur Crozat, Dated the 14th of Sep. 1712 N.S. and Registered in the Parliament of Paris the 24th of Same Month", Moll, Herman

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1708 (circa)

Publication: The British Empire in America

Color: Hand Color

10.3 x 7.3 inches
26.2 x 18.5 cm

This interesting map depicts the French possessions in North America in the early part of the eighteenth century. New France included Canada and the proprietary colony of Louisiana, which included the former Spanish possessions in Florida. In 1712, King Louis XIV selected Antoine Crozat, the Marquis de Chatel, as the proprietor for Louisiana. Crozat was granted a monopoly on trade for fifteen years, but failed to develop the colony and relinquished his rights in 1717. The map is filled with information including colonial settlements, Indian villages, and forts. The British colonies are confined east of the Appalachian Mountains. The Great Lakes are presented in a strange format and La Hontan's Longue River is shown in the upper left. The route of the Spanish treasure fleet is shown in the Gulf of Mexico and around the tip of Florida.

References: McCorkle #717-1.

Condition: B+

Toned with a short separation at bottom centerfold, far from map image. Narrow side margins, nearly to neatline, as issued.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/14/2011