Auction 145, Lot 125

"Carte du Canada ou de la Nouvelle France, & des Decouvertes qui y ont ete Faites, Dressee sur les observations les plus Nouvelles, & sur divers Memoires tant Manuscrits qu' imprimez", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Colonial United States & Canada

Period: 1719 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Historique, Tome VI

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 16 inches
52.1 x 40.6 cm

This richly detailed map, copied from Delisle, provides the most accurate rendering of the Great Lakes of the time, with the lakes fully enclosed and properly placed in longitude and latitude. The map is largely based on the reports of Lahontan, Louis Hennepin, Jean Franquelin and Louis Jolliet. It depicts the Riviere Longue stretching westward with a notation concerning the possibility of a navigable passage to the Pacific. The large French text inset (Remarque Historique) tells the story of the discovery of Canada by fishermen from Brittany who were shipwrecked in 1504. The expeditions of Verazzano and Cabot are also mentioned.

References: Kershaw #334; Phillips (A) #548

Condition: A

Sharp impression with a minor printer’s ink smudge in right-hand border. The bottom left corner of the blank margin has been professionally reinforced, well away from the map.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 6/12/2013