"Carte Reduite du Detroit de Davids Faite au Depost des Cartes Plans et Journaux de la Marine...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Greenland, Canada
Period: 1765 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
34.2 x 21.5 inches
86.9 x 54.6 cm
This large-scale sea chart of the Davis Strait was created for whaling ships, and illustrates the importance of offshore activities in the region. Oriented with north to the right, the coastline of Greenland at the bottom of the map is well detailed with place names, soundings, water currents, and anchorages. In contrast, the eastern coastline of L'Isle James (Baffin Island) is only partially outlined. This map is based on a similar map by Gerard van Keulen from 1719. The seal of the Depot de la Marine is at bottom right, with Prix Trente Sols below the neatline.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with a hint of toning along centerfold, a few small spots, and a short tear in left blank margin that has been closed on verso with archival tape.