Scarce German Issue of Bellin's Louisiana Map
"Karte von Luisiana, dem Laufe des Mississipi und den Benachbarten Laendern", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Colonial Eastern United States
Period: 1744 (dated)
Publication: Allegmeine Historie der Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande
Color: Black & White
21.7 x 15.4 inches
55.1 x 39.1 cm
This is a scarce German issue of Bellin's map of Louisiana originally published in Charlevoix's Histoire. The finely engraved map covers the region from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico over to the Rocky Mountains and Santa Fe. The information in the west includes the road from Mexico City to Santa Fe and the routes of St. Denis and De Soto though Texas. It shows strategic forts and areas claimed by the French just prior to the French and Indian War. Incredible detail of settlements, Indian tribes, rivers, and trails. The map is adorned by a nice compass rose. Published in 1756.
References: cf. McCorkle #744-1; cf. Tooley (MCC-96) #703.
A fine impression issued folding, now flat, on a watermarked sheet with three tears adjacent to the horizontal fold ranging in size from 1"-1.5" that have been repaired on verso with archival material. There are a few faint stains and a closed short binding trim at left.