Auction 149, Lot 242

"Carte des Embouchures du Mississipi sur les Manuscrits du Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial Louisiana, Mississippi River

Period: 1744 (dated)

Publication: Histoire et Description de la Nouvelle France

Color: Hand Color

11.2 x 7.8 inches
28.4 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. Engraved by Dheulland. 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: A

Issued folding on watermarked paper with some minor printer's ink residue and toning along sheet edges.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/21/2014