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Auction 98, Lot 86

"Carte de la Nouvelle France, ou se voit le cours des Grandes Rivieres de S. Laurens & de Mississipi Aujour d'hui S. Louis, Aux Environs des-quelles se trouvent les Etats, Pais, Nations, Peuples &c.", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1732 (published)

Publication: Atlas Historique

Color: Hand Color

19.1 x 16.5 inches
48.5 x 41.9 cm
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This is the second state of Chatelain's reduced version of Nicholas De Fer's important four-sheet map of 1718. It is the most informative map of French possessions in North America in the early 18th century. Inset plan and view of Quebec is enclosed in a very decorative cartouche. Louisiana and the Mississippi valley are based on Delisle's manuscript map of 1701. The geography of New England and Eastern Canada originates with Franquelin. A large-scale map of the Mississippi delta and Mobile Bay, based on the voyage of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville is inset at top left. The map is filled with wildlife, scenes of Indians hunting, Indian villages and notations, and the oceans are embellished with numerous ships, canoes and sea monsters. The map was issued to promote the recently established Compagnie Francoise Occident, which was formed to fund the debt of Louix XIV and offered inducements to encourage settlement in Louisiana.

References: Verner and Stuart-Stubbs #11, Kershaw #333.

Condition: A

Evenly toned with superb original color.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,400

Sold for: $2,300

Closed on 3/6/2002