Auction 148, Lot 113

"Plan du Port et Ville de Louisbourg dans l'Isle Royale", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Cape Breton Island, Canada

Period: 1756 (published)

Publication: Allgemeine Historie der Reisen zu Wasser und Lande

Color: Hand Color

11.1 x 7.6 inches
28.2 x 19.3 cm

This is the second state of this plan of Louisbourg, the French fortified settlement on Cape Breton Island. War broke out between France and England in 1744, and a large number of maps were produced to describe the areas involved. The French lost Louisbourg to a determined British army, but the treaty of Aix-la-Chappelle returned Louisbourg to the French in 1748. By 1758 Louisbourg was once again besieged by the British, and in 1760 the fortress was leveled. Published only four years prior to its destruction, the plan shows the harbor of Louisbourg in the southeast portion of the island in great detail. A large compass rose topped with a fleur-de-lis in the harbor orients the map with the north to the upper right corner. The German title appears below: Grundriss des Hafens und der Stadt Louisbourg oder Ludwigsburg auf der Koenigs-Insel.

References: Kershaw #886.

Condition: A+

Just a hint of soiling in blank margins.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/19/2014