Scarce and sought after edition of Bellin's map of the Great Lakes and quite possibly the earliest use of the term "Great Lakes" on a printed map.
Bellin's map is the first map to show the imaginary islands of Philippeaux and Pontchartrain in Lake Superior, later used to draw the post-Revolutionary War US-Canada border. It also shows a curious elevated plateau in the Michigan Peninsula. Despite these misconceptions, Bellin's rendering of the Great Lakes was the most accurate yet published, and it remains one of the most striking depictions of the region.
Printed on heavy paper, wide margins
Excelle"nt hand colour
Very good condition
REF Goss, J., The Mapping of North America: Three Centuries of Map-Making 1500-1860, no. 56. Kershaw, K. A., Early Printed Maps of Canada, no. 947. Karpinski, L. C., Bibliography of the Printed Maps of Michigan, 1804-1880, p. 137. Schwartz, S. and Ehrenberg, R., The Mapping of America, p.162