Auction 165, Lot 115

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: Hand Color

22 x 15.5 inches
55.9 x 39.4 cm

This is a scarce German issue of Bellin's map of Louisiana originally published in Charlevoix's Histoire. This 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. The map 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: Brown (Ohio) pp. 69-70; cf. McCorkle #744-1; cf. Tooley (MCC-96) #703.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a clean, bright sheet of paper with the watermarks of a Strasbourg Lily and the initials "AD." A binding trim at left has been replaced with period-correct paper. The bottom margin is narrow, but ample for framing.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/15/2017