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[Great Lakes] Coronelli, La Louisiana, Parte Settentrionale... Venice, 1692. 10x 16¼. BW. Good impression; a few printer's ink smudges, else Fine. The most accurate 17th century delineation of the Great Lakes. sold
Coronelli's was the prototype map of the Great Lakes region for half a century. It's geography was not improved upon significantly until Bellin's cornerstone map of 1744. As cartographer to King Louis XIV, Coronelli's authoritative maps were based on first hand reports of French explorers and missionaries. While the shape of the Great Lakes was a significant improvement, one oddity is that Coronelli included an image of what appears to be an alligator northwest of Lake Superior!
Reference: Burden, The Mapping of North America II #701; Heidenriech & Dahl, The French Mapping of North America, 1600-1760 (offprint from The Map Collector, 1982), pp. 8-9; Karpinski XXVII.; Tooley, The Mapping of America, p. 306
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