"Carte Reduite du Golphe de St. Laurent Contenant l'Isle de Terre-Neuve et Partie de la Coste des Esquimaux...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada
Period: 1754 (dated)
Publication: L'Hydrographie Francoise…
Color: Hand Color
33.8 x 20.9 inches
85.9 x 53.1 cm
This large-scale, copper engraved map shows St. Lawrence Bay with Anticosti Island, Prince Edward Island (Isle St Jean), Cape Breton Island (Isle Royale), Newfoundland and the adjacent mainland. Numerous place names are identified along the coastlines, and a few topographical details are shown inland. The waters are filled with soundings, anchorages, rocks, and shoals, and the fishing banks are delineated, including the Banc aux Balaines (whale bank). The map is adorned with a decorative rococo-style cartouche. This is the third state of the map with a revised title cartouche and alterations to the southeastern coast of Newfoundland.
References: Kershaw #585.
Issued folding with old color, some soiling, and a small chip in a blank area of the engraving under the word "Golphe." The map was trimmed close to the neatline on all sides, dissected horizontally, and backed with linen.