"Canada ou Nouvelle France, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations de Messrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, etc. Augmentees de Nouveau", Aa, Pieter van der
Subject: Colonial Northeastern United States & Canada
Period: 1714 (circa)
Publication: Nouvel Atlas
Color: Hand Color
11.8 x 8.8 inches
30 x 22.4 cm
This is the first state of this beautifully engraved map of northeastern North American and the Great Lakes region based on Delisle's important map of 1703. The Great Lakes are reasonably well delineated, but Hudson Bay and the upper Mississippi River basin are distorted. Lahontan's mythical Riviere Longue is shown linking a large western lake with the Mississippi River. It is thought that the lake's origin is derived from Indian stories concerning the Great Salt Lake. The map is filled with place names, Indian tribes and interesting notations. The large title cartouche is surrounded by scenes of natives and indigenous animals.
References: Kershaw #327.
A dark impression that is slightly uneven at bottom left with light soiling and a damp stain that enters the border at top right.