Auction 96, Lot 111

"Carte des Lacs du Canada Pour servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Great Lakes

Period: 1757 (dated)

Publication: Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Black & White

11.4 x 7.6 inches
29 x 19.3 cm

An excellent little map depicting the five Great Lakes. While this map uses the same title as Bellin's first map of the Great Lake, published in Charlevoix’s Histoire … in 1744, it has been updated with information from his similar map of 1755. Lakes Erie and Ontario are more accurately defined and the spurious islands in Lake Huron have been deleted. However, several large islands still remain in Lake Superior, including the entirely incorrect I. Philippeaux. The Michigan peninsula is still misshapen with the large mountain range down its middle. Ornate rococo title cartouche draped with ivy.

References: Kershaw #953; Portinaro & Knirsch, pl. 243.

Condition: A+

Clean, crisp impression with one very tiny spot, still fine.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/12/2001