"La Terra de Hochelaga Nella Nova Francia", Ramusio, Giovanni Battista
Period: 1565 (published)
Publication: Navigationi et Viaggi
Color: Black & White
14.5 x 10.5 inches
36.8 x 26.7 cm
The first plan of the site of Montreal showing the Indian settlement visited by Cartier in 1535-36. This is the first time the name "Monte Real" appears on a map. The village is laid out in a circular form and protected by wooden barriers. Cartier and his crew are pictured in the foreground being greeted by their Indian hosts. The first woodblock for this map was destroyed by fire in 1557, this being the second edition from a new block with a "weeping willow" type tree in the upper right and the page number 447.
References: Kershaw #17a; Lamb #484; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, plt. 28.
A fine, early impression. Expert repair on centerfold.