Coronelli / Nolin -L'Amerique Septentrionale
- Date: 1696
- Condition: AA
- Colour: Original
- Size: 23 x 17 inches
Title: 'L'Amerique Septentrionale ou la Partie Septentrionale du Indes Occidentales Dressee sur les Memoires les plus Nouveaus Corigee et augmentee Par le. Sr. Tillemon . . . 1689'
A spectacular map of North America features California as an island on the Foxe model with two indented bays at top.
Burden states "Vincenzo Maria Coronelli's large two sheet "AMERICA SETTENTRIONALE", dated 1688, did not appear in an atlas until 1691, in the first edition of the "Atlante Veneto". It is possible that the map was made available before its inclusion. In 1689 with the agreement of Coronelli, Jean Baptiste Nolin published in Paris a reduced single sheet version. It incorporated all of the advances and introductions of the larger work. It is not an entirely slavish derivative as along the shores of Hudson Bay are new toponyms and the western side bears a legend describing "Fort Francois". Off the south-east coast and the Outer Banks is an erasure which is present on all examples examined. It most probably represents an error in production" (Burden). As with other maps published by Nolin recognition of some of the material is given to Jean Nicolas du Tralage, Sieur Tillemon, although not until the second state.
A note near the peninsula of Agubela de Cato speculates on the location of the Strait of Anian. The Mississippi River is located too far west, and it is flanked by a massive mountain range. The Great Lakes are shown quite accurately for the time, with Lake Ontario named Frontenac. The Chesapeake Bay is shown a bit too wide, and the fictitious Lake May is noted just south of the Appalachians.
A large title cartouche with a Native American and an European supporting urns and cornucopias from which money is pouring; symbols for mines, volcanoes, religious establishments, capes, keys, etc.
Coronelli, royal cosmographer of the Republic of Venice, visited Paris in 1681-3, where he had access to court documents including the manuscripts of La Salle. Upon his return to Venice in 1684, he founded a geographical society, which provided funding for his atlas, first published in 1690.
References: Burden 656.