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Auction 188, Lot 132

Bellin's Scarce French and Indian War-Era Map of the Colonial United States - First State

"Carte de la Louisiane et des Pays Voisins Dediee a M. Rouille Secretaire d'Etat, Ayant le Departement de la Marine", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Colonial Eastern United States

Period: 1750 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.9 x 18.6 inches
60.7 x 47.2 cm
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This scarce French and Indian War-era map covers the region from the Great Lakes to Florida, and from the eastern seaboard west to Santa Fe. It was published in Bellin's Atlas Maritime, Remarques sur la carte de l'Amerique Septentrionale, and McCorkle mentions it might have been separately published as well. The cartography is based on Guillaume Delisle's landmark map of 1718, with additional information from French Jesuit historian and traveler Pierre Francois Xavier Charlevoix and other French explorers. It shows the English colonies confined to east of the Appalachians, Spain in control of Florida, and the French in control of the Mississippi River Basin. Several forts are identified, including the destroyed Fort Necessity, site of one of the first battles of the French and Indian War and the only surrender of George Washington's military career.

See also lot 804 for Phillips & LeGear's A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress that lists this map.

References: McCorkle #750.1; Phillips (A) #613-22; Lowery #406; MCC-96 #689; Sellers & Van Ee #18.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on watermarked paper with some light toning. A short edge tear confined to the bottom blank margin has been closed on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 6/22/2022