Auction 150, Lot 115

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

Subject: Cape Breton Island, Canada

Period: 1752 (circa)

Publication: Voyage Historique de l'Amerique Meridionale

Color: Hand Color

11.1 x 7.7 inches
28.2 x 19.6 cm

This plan depicts 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 a few 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. This example was published by G. Juanet A. Ulloa in Voyage Historique de l'Amerique Meridionale.

References: Kershaw #886.

Condition: A

A fine impression, issued folding on watermarked paper.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/17/2014