Powered by Zoomify
8. Nicholas de Fer / R. & J. Ottens. “Carte de la Nouvelle France ou se voit le cours de grandes Rivieres de S. Laurens & de Mississipi” (Amsterdam: R. & J. Ottens, c. 1745). Double-page copperplate engraving with fine, bright original full hand color. 19 3/8 x 21 1/2" at neat line, including title. Sheet size: 21 x 23 1/2". Three wonderful insets: a large-scale map of the Mississippi Delta with New Orleans in ruled borders and a topographical cartouche containing a bird’s-eye view and a city plan of Quebec in architectural borders. Cartouche uncolored. Very minor spotting in the margins. Fine with superb original color evidenced by heavy oxidation in the green areas.
This magnificent map of North America is the smaller version of de Fer’s 1718 map, which was first issued by Henri Chatelain in 1719. The present map is likely a later reissue in 1745 by the Amsterdam firm of R. & J. Ottens. Although no publisher’s name appears on the map, the Ottens later state is identified by the ruled border of the Mississippi Delta inset and the architectural borders of the Quebec cartouche. The map is beautifully colored and highly detailed, featuring tiny vignettes of ships, Indian villages, wildlife, and Indians hunting, as well as fine geographical detail, especially interesting for the Great Lakes region and the Mississippi Valley. An exceptional 18th-century map.