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Auction 151, Lot 120

"A Plan of the Straits of St. Mary, and Michilimakinac, to Shew the Situation & Importance of the two Westernmost Settlements of Canada for the Fur Trade", Anon.

Subject: Colonial Great Lakes

Period: 1761 (published)

Publication: London Magazine

Color: Hand Color

12.6 x 9.3 inches
32 x 23.6 cm

Uncommon map of the region where the fur trade flourished during the colonial period. Mackinac and Sault Ste. Marie each commanded a narrow in the Upper Lakes system, thus exercising great influence in the fur trade and became strategic sites for military activity. The map is densely engraved to depict the mountainous and forested landscape and is filled with interesting notations concerning the Indian inhabitants. Locates the Mission of St. Mary and Mission of St. Ignace, as well as the "Common Track of the Vessels to the Detroit &c." Lake Superior is noted as "Worship'd as a Divinity by the Indians." Decorated with a delicately engraved title cartouche and a fleur-de-lis.

References: Jolly #LOND-197; Sellers and Van Ee #770.

Condition: A

Issued folding with one tiny fold separation repaired on verso with archival material and a binding trim at lower left replaced with old paper.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $550

Closed on 11/19/2014