Auction 179, Lot 130

"Carta Geografica del Canada nell' America Settentrionale", Albrizzi, Girolamo

Subject: Colonial Northeastern United States & Canada, Great Lakes

Period: 1742 (circa)

Publication: Atlante Novissimo

Color: Black & White

16.9 x 12.9 inches
42.9 x 32.8 cm

This is the beautifully engraved Italian edition of Delisle's important map of Eastern Canada and New England, including all of the Great Lakes, Labrador, and Hudson Bay. The map features Baron Lahontan's imaginary Longue Riviere, which is shown rising in distant western mountains and emptying into the upper Mississippi River. There is Italian text to the left of the map discussing the Longue Riviere, here called Il Fiume Longo. The Great Lakes are mostly correct, with a few phantom islands persisting in Lake Superior. Locations of numerous forts and Indian tribes are noted throughout the map. It is adorned with a large, pastoral cartouche featuring a strange sea creature resembling something between a Labrador Retriever and a mermaid.

References: Kershaw #342; Phillips (A) #594-40.

Condition: A

On a bright sheet of watermarked paper with a bit of printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/16/2020