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Auction 178, Lot 83

"Canada ou Nouvelle France, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations de Messrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, Etc...", Covens & Mortier

Subject: Colonial Northeastern United States & Canada

Period: 1735 (circa)

Publication: Nouvel Atlas...

Color: Hand Color

11.7 x 8.8 inches
29.7 x 22.4 cm
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This beautifully engraved map of northeastern North American and the Great Lakes region is based on Delisle's important map of 1703. The Great Lakes are reasonably well delineated, but Hudson Bay and the upper Mississippi River basin are distorted. Lahontan's mythical Riviere Longue is shown linking a large western lake with the Mississippi River. It is thought that the lake's origin is derived from Indian stories concerning the Great Salt Lake. The map is filled with place names, Indian tribes and interesting notations. The large title cartouche is surrounded by scenes of natives and indigenous animals.

References: Kershaw #330.

Condition: A

Original outline color with some light stains confined to the top and bottom blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/10/2020