Place Published: Paris
Publisher: Chez Rolin
Date Published: 1744
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
First edition. Copper engraved map. Image size to neat line: 6-1/4 x 8-7/8 inches. Small map of the strategic passage in the Upper Lakes system, which was so important to the colonial fur trade. Map details the region between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Starting at Whitefish Bay & Point, the map locates Sault Ste Marie & the course of the St Mary's River down to Isle St. Joseph showing the portage & mission of Ste Marie, Fort Sauvage & Isle St. Georges.
Shows the Passage des Canots (canoes) and Passage des Batimens (ships) on either side of Isle St.Joseph. Chart also depicts the Straits of Mackinac with the Bay and Cape of St. Ignace on the northern shore. Isle St.Helene in center of the straits and a fort & mission of St. Ignace on the southern shore. Also shows the Isle Ronde, I aux Bois Blancs. I.Michillimakinac, Isle du Detour and Isle de Tessalons. Includes a decorative compass rose. Engraver's imprint, Desbruslins Sculpsit at lower right.
Condition: Was folded now flat. some minor string in top outside border and some loss of paper on the left margin both not affecting the map. Faint image offsetting, otherwise good condition
Kershaw III, entry 945, Plate 711 p.249
From: Charlevoix, Pierre François Xavier de. Histoire et description general de la Nouvelle France. v. I. Paris : Chez Didor, 1744.
Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was one of the most important and proficient French cartographers of the mid-eighteenth century. He was appointed the first Ingenieur Hydrographe de la Marine, and also Official Hydrographer to the French King.
Good. Item #7580