FRENCH MILITARY MAP.
Carte de la Louisiane et des Voisins ... par le Sr Bellin ... 1750. Manuscript map, ink and colors on thin paper, backed on cloth. 460 x 600mm. The map showing North America from Maine to Texas, with the colored boundaries of the French Spanish and English interests. Some light browning and a few chips to the margins.
Manuscript copy of Bellin's famous printed map of the French territories of America, published in 1750 and here copied from an example of the map in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, in the mid 19th century in a formal military hand. There are additional annotations in a different hand of forts on the lower Mississippi, these being annotated as taken from Antoine-Simon le Page du Pratz's History of Louisiana (published in 1758). Most probably done as an exercise by a historian or at a military academy.