Auction 142, Lot 124

"Le Cours du Fleuve Missisipi Selon les Relations les Plus Modernes", Bernard, Jean Frederic

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada, Great Lakes

Period: 1737 (dated)

Publication: Recueil de Voiages au Nord

Color: Black & White

17.2 x 14.6 inches
43.7 x 37.1 cm

This early map is based upon Louis Hennepin's seminal map of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. Hennepin's map presented a marked improvement on Sanson's depiction of the lake routes into the interior and the Great Lakes region, particularly the delineation of Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron. Even with these improvements, the lack of accuracy is very evident; depicting the lakes enlarged and exaggerated, Hudson Bay too far to the east and the Mississippi River too far to the west with its mouth in what is present day Texas. The spurious lake described by LeMoyne is depicted just south of the Appalachians. A number of early settlements and Indian Tribes are shown around the Great Lakes and along the Mississippi and this map has been updated to show the location of New Orleans.

This scarce map is accompanied by Bernard' Recueil de Voiages au Nord. 16mo, 474 pp. with marbled endpapers. Hardbound in brown leather with raised spine and gilt title.

References: McCorkle #737.1; Goss #46.

Condition: B+

The map has some light printer's ink residue, a few minor spots, and a binding trim and associated small binding tear at right that has been archivally repaired. Text is clean and tight while the covers and spine show some minor wear.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 11/28/2012