Place Published: [Paris]
Date Published: 1744
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
FIRST OBTAINABLE MAP OF THE GREAT LAKES REGION
Carte des lacs du Canada. Dressee sur les manuscrits du Depost des cartes plans et journaux de la marine et sur le journal du RP. de Charlevoix
First edition. Bellin's scarce landmark map of the Great Lakes region published in 1744. The first obtainable example, preceded only by a 1742 proof copy noted by Kershaw. One of the earliest appearances of Detroit, the Port of Chicago and four fictitious islands in Lake Superior, Philippeaux, Pontchartrain, Maurepas, and St. Anne, illustrated for the first time. This map is also noteworthy for the fictitious mountain range in Michigan and is rich with many Indian villages, army forts, trading posts, missions, rivers and portages are named. There is considerable detail along all the coastlines of the lakes, excepting the southern border of Lake Erie, where Bellin comments (in French), "This coast is almost unknown." On left border 33 is shown, sometimes trimmed off and Kershaw notes it is number 22 which is in error I believe.
Paper flat size: 12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches with right border 6 x 1/4 inches paper removed not affecting any text or map. Was folded, now flat and has been cleaned and deacidified, very good condition.
References: Kershaw III, 947 p.251 ; Karpinski p.137.
The map was produced for Charlevoix's 1744 Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle France.
Very Good. Item #8492