"[Lot of 3] Carte du Golphe de St. Laurent et Pays Voisins... [and] Carte du Cours de Fleuve de St. Laurent Depuis son Embouchure Jusqu'au Dessus de Quebec... [and] Suite du Cours du Fleuve de St. Laurent, Depuis Quebec Jusqu au Lac Ontario...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Eastern Canada, St. Lawrence River
Period: 1780 (circa)
Publication: La Harpe's Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Hand Color
A. Carte du Golphe de St. Laurent et Pays Voisins pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages, circa 1780 (14.3 x 8.8"). This attractive, copper engraved map shows St. Lawrence Bay with Anticosti Island, Prince Edward Island (I. St Jean), Cape Breton Island (Isle Royale), Newfoundland and the adjacent mainland. The map is adorned with a decorative rococo-style cartouche. This is the second state, with "Tome 14. In 8o. Page 263" engraved at bottom right, outside of neatline.
B. Carte du Cours de Fleuve de St. Laurent Depuis son Embouchure Jusqu'au Dessus de Quebec pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages, dated 1757 (11.9 x 7.6"). Nice example of the second state of this copper engraved map, published by La Harpe circa 1780-86. The map details the course of the St. Lawrence River from Anticosti Island and the mouth west to beyond Quebec. It details many rocks and shoals in the river with numerous villages and forts located along the shore. Decorated with a rococo-style cartouche that includes a distance scale.
C. Suite du Cours du Fleuve de St. Laurent, Depuis Quebec Jusqu au Lac Ontario. Pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages, (11.3 x 7.6"). A detailed map of the region between Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River to Quebec. The map extends to Lake Champlain and Lake George, as well as Lake Nepessing in Michigan, with numerous portages named on the interconnecting waterways. Locates Montreal. There are a number of forts named, including Ft. Toronto, Ft. Oswego, and Ft. Georges.
References: Kershaw #590, #627, and #632.
All three sheets are on watermarked paper with light offsetting. The first two have light toning, while the third sheet (<i>Suite du Cours</i>) has moderate offsetting.