Auction 169, Lot 126

"Plan du Bassin de Quebec et de Ses Environs", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Quebec City, Canada

Period: 1744 (dated)

Publication: Histoire et Description Generale de la Nouvelle France

Color: Black & White

11 x 7.8 inches
27.9 x 19.8 cm

This is the second state of this uncommon map of Quebec City and its surroundings, now dated 1744 and with a couple minor changes to the map. The city itself appears in miniature plan form with a key at top right that identifies 7 notable locations including the Intendant's Palace, Hotel-Dieu de Quebec, and Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec. Roads are delineated, and there is a nice topographical detail along the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Banks, anchorages, and rocks are shown in the river. A compass rose at bottom orients the north to top right.

References: Kershaw #1047.

Condition: A

A crisp impression issued folding on a watermarked sheet with very faint offsetting.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 9/12/2018