“Carte de la Partie Orientale De la Nouvelle France ou du Canada Dediee A Monseigneur Le Comte de Maurepas, Ministre et Secretariat d'Etat; Commandeur des Ordres du Roi. Par N.Bellin. Ingenieur de la Marine. 1744.”
Finely Matted and Framed Bellin Map of Northeast America and Canadian Maritimes in 1744
This impressive and beautiful map of North America from Boston to Hudson Bay is about 16 x 22 inches and is framed to about 23 x 29 inches . It was drawn in Paris at the Depot de la Marine in 1744 and is based on manuscript surveys and memoirs of the Jesuits who had set up Missions in regions of North America in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and in particular from the manuscripts of Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761) a Jesuit missionary who had traveled through Canada between 1705 and 1709. The map depicts the east coast from Boston in Massachusetts to the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland. It also encompasses the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario, and includes dozens of lakes, mountains, rivers and settlements and Indian territories. Offshore the map locates the fishing banks with detailed depth soundings, and depicts channels, bays, capes and harbors in fine detail. The map was engraved under the direction of Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) the Royal Hydrographer to the King in Paris and published in Charlevoix's “L'Histoire et Description Generale de la Nouvelle France.” The map was dedicated to Charlevoix's patron, Jean Frederic Phelippeux, Comte de Maurepas, a French Cabinet Minister and Secretary of State, and engraved by Guillaume Dheulland (1700-1770) a master engraver and draughtsman in 18th century Paris. Below are pictures of some of the details.
Below is the southern portion of the map showing Boston, Charlestown, Cambridge, Manchester, Salem, Cape Anne, Ipswich, the Merrimac River and Portsmouth, NH on the coast and Lake Ontario on the West with Albany and Iroquois country inbetween.
This portion of the map shows Quebec City, Montreal and much of current Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, with Lake Champlain very prominent and oversized.
Below is the title cartouche which shows a tear from the right margin and some minor soiling. The map also shows fold marks.
This historic 1744 map makes a wonderful presentation, especially nicely matted and framed as shown above.
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