Auction 162, Lot 130

Influential Map of the Great Lakes

"Partie Occidentale de la Nouvelle France ou du Canada par Mr. Bellin...", Bellin/Homann Heirs

Subject: Colonial Great Lakes

Period: 1755 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 17 inches
54.6 x 43.2 cm

Superb map of the Great Lakes region illustrating strategic forts and the area claimed by the French just prior to the French and Indian War. Bellin's map, first published in 1744, dominated the cartography of the Great Lakes region for many years. It presented the first new material pertaining to New France since the maps of Guillaume Delisle three decades earlier. While this map summarizes the latest in French knowledge of the region, it is also notable for two cartographic myths; the mountain range in Michigan and the appearance of four fictitious islands in Lake Superior, including the infamous I Philippeaux Aut. I Minang that continued to appear on maps and eluded explorers' searches for it, well into the 19th century. The map locates French forts, missions, new settlements, Indian villages and includes an early appearance of Chicago, R. et Port de Checagou. This version was published by Homann Heirs.

References: Karpinski (MI) p.138; Kershaw #950; Schwartz & Ehrenberg plt. 97; Sellers & Van Ee #19.

Condition: B+

A clean and bright example with a long crease at bottom right that has separated through Lake Ontario and has been closed on verso with archival material.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,100

Sold for: $975

Closed on 4/26/2017