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Auction 159, Lot 140

Third State of Coronelli's Important Map of the Great Lakes

"Partie Occidentale du Canada ou de la Nouvelle France ou Sont les Nations des Ilinois, de Tracy, les Iroquois, et Plusieurs Autres Peuples; avec la Louisiane Nouvellement Decouverte etc.", Coronelli/Nolin

Subject: Colonial Great Lakes

Period: 1688 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.3 x 17.4 inches
59.2 x 44.2 cm
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Separately published, this is the first printed map dedicated to the Great Lakes and the upper Mississippi River region. It drew upon numerous contemporary sources including Jolliet, Marquette, Hennepin, and La Salle and would remain the standard for the next fifty years. Cartographically, the north shore of Lake Erie depicts the three peninsulas for the first time, and Chekagou R Portage also makes its first appearance along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Lake Superior is considerably more accurate and based upon the account of Father Claude Dablon. Two forts built by La Salle are also identified: Fort des Miamis at the southern tip of Lake Michigan and Fort Creucoeur on the Illinois River. The only cartographic anomaly is the placement of a mountain range directly to the west of the Mississippi River - an early reference to the Rocky Mountains. The map is augmented by a series of native scenes including one roasting a man on a spit below the distance scale, hollowing out a canoe, and roasting fish. According to Burden, this is the third state with a 1688 date and an updated title imprint.

References: Burden #630; Karpinski p. 110; Tooley (Amer) pp. 314-15; Verner & Stuart-Stubbs #19.

Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with minor staining at left and a small hole in the title cartouche below the word "Canada" that has been professionally repaired. There are a few other minor professional repairs confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000

Sold for: $11,500

Closed on 9/14/2016