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Auction 161, Lot 145

Scarce Large-Scale Chart of the Coast of New England

"Carte Reduite des Costes Orientales de l'Amerique Septentrionale 1re. Feuille Contenant l'Isle Royale, l'Accadie, la Bay Francoise, la Nouvelle Angleterre et la Nouvelle Yorc...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial Northeastern United States & Canada

Period: 1757 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise

Color: Hand Color

34.9 x 21.6 inches
88.6 x 54.9 cm
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Scarce early issue of this superb large chart of the coast of New England from just below Long Island through Nova Scotia and including Prince Edward Island (here called St. Jean). The coastline is extremely detailed and there is also good detail in the interior, particularly of the rivers. The most significant feature is the large inset of Boston harbor, Plan du Havre de Baston. The chart is very decorative with a large title cartouche, decorative border surrounding the inset, a large compass rose, and rhumb lines. The engraved seal of the Depot de la Marine appears at bottom left, and the price of trente sols appears below the neatline. This is the first state prior to the addition of rhumb lines in the inset map.

References: McCorkle #757.2.

Condition: B

A dark impression on a sturdy sheet with light toning and numerous centerfold separations that have been closed on verso with tissue. A 5" tear perpendicular to the centerfold has also been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/8/2017