Canada and Louisiana in the Formation of New France and the English Colonies Jean Baptiste Nolin 1756

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Jean-Baptiste Nolin (1686-1762)

Short Title:

Map of Canada and Louisiana in the Formation of New France and the English Colonies

Full Title:

"(Map of Canada and Louisiana in the Formation of New France and the English Colonies) Carte Du Canada et de la Louisiane Qui Forment La Nouvelle France et des Colonies Angloises on sont representez les pays contestez Dressee sur les observations et sur plusieurs Cartes particulieres et meme Angloises Par J.B. Nolin Geographie. A Paris chez Daumont rue de la Feronerie a Aigle d’Or, 1756. Avec privilege du Roi."


The Library of Congress’ copy of this map comes from, "Homann Erben Atlas Compendiarivs book, 1757." No additional information is available concerning the origin of this example, however. "Geographer to the King" (of France), Jean-Baptiste Nolin [II] (1686-1762), was the son of the famous map-maker, Jean-Baptiste Nolin [I] (1657-1708). He carried on his Father’s work at their original location on Rue St. Jacques, and was succeeded by publisher and mapseller, Jean-Francois Daumont (d.c.1775), who then moved the business location to rue de la Ferronnerie a L’Aigle d’Or in 1754. "Nolin’s Amerique" was published in 1754 and 1759 at the time of this map’s printing, although no direct correlation can be confirmed. Some of Nolin’s maps at this time incorporated the work of the last great French explorers, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes-Sieur de la Verendrye- (1685-1749).

Size of Map:

50.2 x 71 cm. approximately (19.75 x 28 in.)


This French and Indian War period historic map presents the eastern seaboard of North America from Canada south to the Florida Peninsula, and from the eastern coastline to just west of the Mississippi River at a time when the major European powers of France and England were in dispute over territorial boundaries. The borders, according to the French interpretation, are presented by the hand-coloured lines. Major bodies of water identified include the "Mer du Nord" (Atlantic Ocean), "Golphe de St. Laurent," "Baye des Massasuchets," Baye de Chesapeak," Golphe du Mexique" and The Great Lakes. Major cities, rivers, colonies, forts and Indian nations are presented throughout in French or English language. Map orientation finds the top border facing North. Large decorative cartouche in the lower right corner presents the Title with the "Description du Canada" just below. Four distance scales are found in the decorative cartouche just to the left of the Title cartouche; "Mille d’Italie," "Grandes Lienes de France- a 20 au Degre’," "Lienes communes de France" and "Journees des Savages." Latitudinal and Longitudinal numbers are found along the map borders. Engraver’s neat line is plainly visible in the fine textured cotton paper. Fold in centre. Provenance: brief description and old numbering system in pencil found on verso in lower right corner. Map number 104 (?) found on verso in upper right corner.


Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers Revised Edition Vols. ( A- D) p.336, (E-J) p.361-363, (K-P), pp. 98, 329-330; NYPL 434487; LOC G3300 1756 N61 Vault; Sellers, 72; Bibliopolis 2011.

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