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Auction 191, Lot 296

The First Printed Map of Detroit

"La Riviere du Detroit Depuis le Lac Sainte Claire Jusqu'au Lac Erie", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Detroit, Michigan

Period: 1764 (circa)

Publication: Le Petit Atlas Maritime

Color: Hand Color

12.6 x 8.3 inches
32 x 21.1 cm
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This fine engraving is the first printed map of Detroit. It was published after the French lost control of the Great Lakes forts to the British during the French and Indian War. It is based on two manuscript maps by Joseph Gaspard Chaussegros de Lery; "Plan du Fort Detroit" (1749) and "La Riviere du Detroit" (1752). The map depicts the Detroit River between Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair with farms along both banks, the location of the fort, settlements and Indian villages. The inset plan of the fort delineates the various streets and buildings within the fortification and shows the garden outside of its protective walls. Rococo-style title cartouche with distance scale.

References: Tooley (Amer) p. 210 #114; Sellers & Van Ee #777; Karpinski (MI) p.154-5.

Condition: A

Issued on a bright sheet of watermarked paper.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $3,500

Closed on 2/8/2023