Auction or Gallery status
User login

Forgot your password or username?



Lot number: 41658
We guarantee the authenticity of this item.
Inquire about this item.

zoom antique map image Full screen

This item is not available during auction period.

H!BCoR*** help

Publisher: BOISSEAU, J.
Title: Description de la Nouvelle France. . .
Published: Paris, 1643

Size: 13.7 x 21.5 inches.
34.7 x 54.5 cm.
Colouring: In original o/l colours.
Condition:  Cut short outside the neat line at left and right hand part (3 mm). Some light paper thinning. Generally good condition.
 Condition Rating

Jean Boisseau's edition of Samuel De Champlain's 1632 map, first published in Paris in 1643.
Boisseau’s map was the first map derived from Champlain and pre-dates Du Val's important map of the region by 10 years. While it was long believed that Nicholas Sanson's map of 1650 was the first map to name and illustrate the 5 Great Lakes, in recent years it has been determined that Boisseau's “rare map is, in fact, the first printed to illustrate and name all five Great Lakes, pre-dating the Nicolas Sanson map of 1650. . ."

Burden notes that Boisseau's map takes the work of Champlain and makes a number of updates and improvements, adding the names that previously appeared only in Champlain's keys. There is no real recognition of the English presence in North America beyond ‘Immestan’ and ‘Chesapeacq Bay’.
The nomenclature in New England in entirely that of Champlain.
On Champlain’s map of 1632, both Lakes Erie and Michigan were unnamed. Here, Boisseau identifies the lakes as: Lac St. Louis (Lake Ontario), Lac Derie (Lake Erie), Mer Douce ou Lac (Lake Huron), Grand Lac (Lake Superior), and Lac des Puans (Lake Michigan). Champlain's information here was secondhand, and thus he greatly underestimated its size. "Mer Douce ou Lac" is Lake Huron, and "Grand Lac" is Lake Superior, both of which are closer to their actual shapes. Lake Michigan may have been mistaken for the "Lac des Puans" to the northwest, or for the "Grande Riviere qui vient du Midy" that flows to the south. Nevertheless, as early as 1643 there were intimations in Europe that another great body of water still remained unexplored in the heart of North America.

Burden notes that "[a]although the configuration and size of [the lakes] are incorrect, this is the first map to delineate and identify all five Great Lakes." Besides Champlain, Boisseau drew from other sources, for example, the naming of Chesapeake Bay is likely derived from John Smith.

The present example is the rare first state of Boisseau’s map, a second state was issued circa 1664 without the imprint and date in the cartouche, and with the addition of London, Bristou, Gotenbourg, N. Amsterdam and Christina, along with degrees of longitude and latitude.

Reference: Burden, 261 , Kershaw, 83.

condition ratingThumbnail Catalogue catalogueCatalogue | Most popularmost popular | No Reserve Items. | Your Invoices invoice
Item category: America | Canada

Bid received! - You have to Place a higher bid to become the new bidholder. Bid Holder:   |  Bid Date/Time:

Add to your watch list | Forgotten my password / Username | Register now | Send to a friend
Ask question about this lot! | Help / FAQshelp | How the auction works

NOTE : The Reserve prices are disclosed 24 hours before closing in My BidPage / Auction Watch.
Check here closing time for your time zone.
- Items who do not reach their reserve are no longer available after the closing.
- Outbid notification and image Zoomify will be disabled 30 minutes prior to the auction closing ! colour
- You may place a new bid at the suggested minimum bid increment, or any higher amount in which case the Proxy Bid function will raise your bids with the minimum increase necessary to win the bidding (up to your maximum bid).


Click image to zoom antique map image or download. | description

Item category: America | Canada

Bidding at auction
In order to place bids you must register with us. It is free, and we automatically update you about future auctions.
Bids are placed in the bidding table on this page or from My Bid Page / Auction Watch. The bidding table shows the mininimum bid, high and low estimate and the time left before the auction closes. The highest bid received after closing wins!.
You may place a bid by entering any amount equal or higher than the starting bid or the minimum bid indicated on the bid page.
You may place a new bid at the suggested minimum bid increment, or any higher amount in which case the Proxy Bid function will raise your bids with the minimum increase necessary to win the bidding (up to your maximum bid).
If there has been a bid in the last 5 minutes before the closing, that individual item will remain open, until there have been no bids received for 5 minutes. more
Note : Outbid notification and zoom image are disabled 30 minutes prior to the auction closing ! colour
Place your bids now, auction is closing sooner than you think !.
Return to item description

15% Buyers' premium
The buyer pays, on top of the hammer price, a premium of 15% on the first $30,000 and 10% on the excess.
The invoice will be available 2 hours after the closing.

A one time flat shipping fee of $ 30 will be added to your bill. This includes Priority Mail, packing and Insurance. If the item fits in a small envelope we charge less. (more)

Hold Shipment option
At no additional charge, Paulus Swaen allows you to put your shipping on hold. This can be incredibly convenient for people who want to buy several items at different auctions and ship them together.
The service is free and you pay only one shipment fee.

Certificate of authenticityWarranty
We warranty the authenticity of each old map, print, atlas, medieval manuscript described in this catalogue. There is no time limitation to this garantuee.
- Splits, tears, discolouration and other defects are carefully noted. In addition we use a condition rating system certificate
 If the condition report does not show remarks about splits, tears, discolouration, etc; this means there are non to be found in the item!.
- We use the following colour key in our catalogue: "Original colours"; means that the colours have been applied around the time the map was issued.  "Coloured"; If the colours are applied recently or at the end of the 20st century. Read more help
-Any lot differing from the catalogue description may be returned for a full refund. help
- A certificate of authenticity is provided for each acquired antique map, print, medieval manuscript.
The certificate can be downloaded from your invoice page.

For more details about how this auction works, click here.
Many answers are also likely to find in help section: help.

Paulus Swaen Internet Auction
is the first internet auction specializing in old maps, Medieval manuscripts and prints. It is a unique place for buying and selling antique maps, atlases, books, and medieval manuscripts. We are in the map business for 40 years!


Return to top