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Carte de la Baye de Hudson


Bellin's beautifully engraved and designed map of Hudson Bay, James Bay, and Hudson Strait, from the atlas of Prevost d'Exiles' Histoire Generale des Voyages. The map encompasses parts of what are now the Canadian territory of Nunavut and the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Labrador. What is now northern Quebec is included in Labrador, and Baffin Island is called Isle de Bonne Fortune. Although the coastal details are good, much of the interior is described as "unknown" or belonging to Indian nations. On the upper left corner, one of several legends and observations states that "the English are looking for a passage in this region, but none exists."
Item Number: RS2035
Cartographer: Bellin
Place & Date: Paris / 1757/1760
Size: 11 7/8" x 8 5/8"
Condition: b&w; a small repaired puncture hole in the lower left quadrant (with slight loss of a place name); right margin extended with contemporary paper to fit the size of the atlas volume
Price: $245.00