Auction 169, Lot 117

"Nova Francia et Regiones Adiacentes", de Laet, Joannes

Subject: Eastern Canada

Period: 1630 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14 x 11.1 inches
35.6 x 28.2 cm

Considered one of the foundation maps of Canada, this is the first printed map to show an accurate Prince Edward Island and the earliest to show a north-south orientation of Lake Champlain. The R. Saguenay is accurately depicted flowing from two unnamed lakes, and Lac S. Pierre is clearly identified. As a director of the newly formed Dutch West India Company, De Laet had access to much of the cartographic work and manuscript material done at the time, including the work of Hessel Gerritsz, the official cartographer of the Company. While some attribute the cartography of this map to Gerritsz, the geography of Newfoundland is considerably different from other maps by him. The numerous Portuguese place names infer a Portuguese source for the map. In any case, De Laet's depiction of Newfoundland was copied by several other cartographers to the end of the century.

References: Burden #230; Kershaw #88.

Condition: B

A crisp impression on watermarked paper with light toning and soiling. The verso is moderately toned and somewhat brittle from having been framed with non-archival materials. It has been reinforced with archival tape along the sheet edges to prevent further edge tears.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 9/12/2018