A beautiful example of the Dutch edition of G. de l'Isle's influential map of Canada. With the Great Lakes and the Upper Midwest. It was one of the most important maps of Canada in the 18th century.
K.A. Kershaw notes about the De l'Isle map:
One of the most outstanding maps of Canada of the 17th and early 18th Centuries . . . De L'Isle's careful research resulted in the first map of Canada to present the whole of the Great Lakes correctly. In addition, the position of the lakes relative to Hudson's Bay is also correct, and the Avalon Peninsula is shown much more realistically than on previous maps of Canada. Of considerable significance, the geography of the coastal regions of James and Hudson Bays, togther with their major rivers systems, is presented by De L'Isle with a surprising degree of accuracy.
The map still contains the fictional descriptions of the Baron de Lahoutan, such as the legendary River Longue. The Hudson Bay is still drawn open to the northwest to allow a northwest passage. The De l'Isles map was also the first to mention Detroit and Chicago.
To the top left with a beautiful title cartouche.
|Cartographer||Covens and Mortier|
|Title||Carte du Canada ou de la Nouvelle France et des Decouvertes qui y ont ete Faites Dressee sur Plusieurs Observations ... par Guillaume Del'Isle ...|
|Publisher, Year||Covens & Mortier, Amsterdam, circa 1730|
|Plate Size||49.0 x 57.0 cm (19.3 x 22.4 inches)|
|Sheet Size||53.0 x 63.3 cm (20.9 x 24.9 inches)|
|Reference||Kershaw, K.A.: Early Printed Maps of Canada, No. 318|
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