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Auction 177, Lot 97

Scarce Large-Scale Chart of the Coast of New England

"Carte Reduite des Costes Orientales de l'Amerique Septentrionale 1re Feuille Contenant l'Isle Royale, l'Accadie, la Baye Francoise, la Nouvelle Angleterre et la Nouvelle Yorc...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial Northeastern United States & Canada

Period: 1757 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise

Color: Hand Color

34.9 x 21.5 inches
88.6 x 54.6 cm
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Scarce early issue of this superb large chart of the coast of New England from just below Long Island through Nova Scotia and including Prince Edward Island (here called St. Jean). The coastline is extremely detailed and there is also good detail in the interior, particularly of the rivers. The most significant feature is the large inset of Boston harbor, Plan du Havre de Baston. The chart is very decorative with a large title cartouche, decorative border surrounding the inset, a large compass rose, and rhumb lines. The engraved seal of the Depot de la Marine appears at bottom left, and the price of trente sols appears below the neatline. This is the first state prior to the addition of rhumb lines in the inset map.

References: McCorkle #757.2.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on sturdy paper with an eagle watermark and light soiling. There is very light toning in the image, that is more moderate in the blank margins, with a few tiny chips and tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $980

Closed on 4/29/2020