Auction 144, Lot 90

"Carte des Embouchures du Mississipi…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial Louisiana, Mississippi River

Period: 1744 (dated)

Publication: Histoire et Description de la Nouvelle France

Color: Black & White

11 x 7.8 inches
27.9 x 19.8 cm

This chart details the Mississippi River Delta as the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The map is oriented by a fleur-de-lys with north to the upper left. Fort Balise is shown on a small island at the mouth of the Southeast Pass. 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 Academie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. His maps of the French possessions in North America are particularly important.


Condition: B+

A dark impression, issued folding, with a few minor spots and faint offsetting.

Estimate: $230 - $275

Sold for: $170

Closed on 4/3/2013