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Auction 138, Lot 227

"Carte de la Floride, de la Louisiane, et Pays Voisins…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial Central United States

Period: 1757 (dated)

Publication: Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

12 x 8.8 inches
30.5 x 22.4 cm

Finely engraved and detailed map of French Louisiana that extends from the Great Lakes and Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico, and from Nouveau Mexique to the middle of Florida. The Mississippi River flows dramatically down the center of the map with tributaries including the Ohio River, (l'Oyo ou la Belle), Missouri River, and the Riviere de Moingona in the area of modern-day Des Moines. Locates Santa Fe, Apache tribes and an early reference to Texas as Pars des Cenis. The map is filled with many Indian names, missions, forts and early settlements. Early explorations are noted including la Salle en 1685 in today's Texas. Adorned with a decorative rococo title cartouche that incorporates a distance scale.

References: Sellers & Van Ee #75.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now pressed. Remargined at right to accommodate framing, and there are a few minute worm holes only visible when held to light.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/7/2011