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Auction 182, Lot 126

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

Subject: Colonial Northeastern United States & Canada, Great Lakes

Period: 1750 (circa)

Publication: Atlante Novissimo…

Color: Hand Color

16.8 x 12.9 inches
42.7 x 32.8 cm
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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 a mermaid.

References: Kershaw #342; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #64-40; Phillips (A) #594-40.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a bright sheet with the watermark of three crescent moons, a hint of toning along the centerfold, and a couple of printer's creases adjacent to the centerfold at top.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $850

Closed on 4/28/2021