Maps, Hudson Bay, Baffin Island, Isle Barren, Southhampton Island, Bellin
"Carte de la Baye de Hudson, Pour servir à l'Histoire Générale des Voyages". Copper etching by Bellin. Dated 1757.
Modern hand coloring.
Here one sees that the area above Hudson's Bay was not yet fully explored. To the left of the cartouche is the Cumberland Sound and two
islands which are actually part of Baffin Island. The horseshoe-shaped sound at the top towards the left is Frozen Sound with Isle Barren in green which is Southhampton Island today.
Bellin was a French hydrographer, geographer, and member of the French intellectual group the Philosophes. Bellin was born in Paris. He was hydrographer of France's hydrographic office, member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. Over a 50 year career, he produced a large number of maps of particular interest to the Ministère de la Marine. His maps of Canada and of French territories in North America (New France, Acadia, Louisiana) are particularly valuable. He died at Versailles.
Original antique print
Light browning in margins. Tiny piece has been replaced in upper left margin edge. Vertical fold to fit atlas. Overall condition is Very good.
22.5 x 30.5 cm ( 8.9 x 12 ")