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DENYS, Nicolas. - [Acadie-Québec].

DENYS, Nicolas. -  [Acadie-Québec].
[Acadie-Québec]. - DENYS, Nicolas.
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Title : [Acadie-Québec]..
Map maker : DENYS, Nicolas..
Date : Paris, 1672.
Size : 15.9 x 20.1 inches. / 40.5 x 51.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :A very rare map published in "Description Géographique et Historique des Costes de l'Amérique Septentrionale...". The map carries 92 place names. On it Denys delineates the coasts he explored and traded on, from Penobscot Bay to Cap Gaspe, including all of Nova Scotia.
Nicolas Denys was a founding father of Acadia and one of its leading figures for over half of the 17th century. Denys was given Cape Breton Island by Louis XIV, in 1670, as a reward for services rendered. He wrote his account of the region at Nipisiguit on Chaleur Bay.
The map is quite rare, since a number of the copies of the book do not appear to have had the map included. The map contains a number of place names, which are still in use today, that did not appear on earlier printed maps : “Le Fort de St. Pierre”, La R. de Cocanne”, Le Cap de Tourmentin”, “Chedabouctou”… Denys used the basic cartography of Sanson for mainland Nova Scotia, Quebec and New Brunswick, but with an entirely new, although distorted outline for Cape Breton.
He shows a large inlet, “Le Lac de Labrador”, which was sometimes retained by later cartographers, with its southwest corner separated by a wide isthmus from sea at “Le fort de St. Pierre”, present-day St. Peters Bay.

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Condition : Folded map slightly browned along folds with small tears at junctions. Small ink stain at lower left. Cut out along the neat line. Large tear (9 cm into engraved area) at right part reinforced with tape. Dark impression on strong paper.

ID: 64901

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