Paris: Didot, 1758. Very Good. First State. [8.25x13.5in, 21x34.3cm neatline, 10x14.5in, 25.4x36.8cm sheet] Hand colored map of Northeast and a few sections of the Northwest coasts North America, with the northeast coast of Siberia, very few northwest coast features are detailed or labeled other than Russian settlements, Entree de Jean de Fuca and the mythical Mer de l'Ouest, Tome XV lower left and No. 4 on lower right, longitude from Paris meridian; Light age tone with bright coloring, two vertical creases with verso fold, top and red ink foredge trimmed. [For Prevost - Hill 1391, Cox Vol1 p32] CS. Item #14128
Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was a French hydrographer and geographer. Bellin was head of France’s hydrographic office, as well as a member of both the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. Over a 50-year career, he produced a large number of maps used by the Ministère de la Marine. His maps of Canada and of French territories in North America (New France, Acadia, Louisiana are detailed and annotated. This map includes a number of annotations of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Russian discoveries on the Alaskan coast, l'Amiral Fuente, and other notations.
Antoine-Francois Prevost (1697-1763) was a French priest, author, and novelist. He published several histories and the 15 volume Histoire Generale des Voyages 1746-89 was completed by others after his death. This work was highly popular and republished in several languages.
This map was from the library of the late Dr. G. Warren Smith of Pennsylvania. He had a long career as university professor and administrator, and was a collector of over 6,000 books, maps, illustrations, and artifacts relating to the Arctic, Alaska and Pacific Northwest.