Auction 150, Lot 231

"Plan de la Baye de Pansacola", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Pensacola, Florida

Period: 1744 (dated)

Publication: Histoire et Description Generale de la Nouvelle France

Color: Hand Color

11.1 x 7.8 inches
28.2 x 19.8 cm

An early chart of Pensacola Harbor, showing the locations of forts St. Charles and St. Rose, as well as soundings and anchorages. This example was engraved from maps and charts brought back to Paris by Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761), a Jesuit historian who explored the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River Basin from 1721-22. He was shipwrecked near Pensacola on his way to New Orleans. His detailed notes and scientific observations enlivened the memoir on the explorations, Histoire et Description de la Nouvelle France. The map was engraved by Dheulland in Paris under the direction of Jacques Nicolas Bellin.

References: Tooley (MCC-96) #720.

Condition: B+

Issued folding on watermarked paper with light offsetting and minor soiling.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/17/2014