1753 Bellin map Northern Canada's Hudson Bay – North West Passage

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Hand-coloured map of the Hudson Bay area of Northern Canada. Shows Fort Prince of Wales and Fort York, the Ottawa Islands (here the Bakers Dozen), the track of Henry Ellis in 1746, Repulse Bay, Buttons Bay and more. Middleton explored Wager Inlet, Repulse Bay and the northern part of Roes Welcome in search of a Northwest Passage via Hudson Bay in 1746.

One waterway upper right labeled ‘passage way with no name and little knowledge

Created by Jacques Bellin, famous cartographer, and done for Abbé Prevost's work Histoire Générale des Voyages.

Inside decorative cartouche:

                   Des Parties du Nord-Ouest
                        De l’Amerique
     Suivant les Voyages de Middleton et d’Ellis
                 En 1742 et 1740
            Pour chercher un Passage dans la
                           Mer du Sud
            Par M.B. Ing. de la Marine 1753
         Voyez la Carte de la Baie de Hudson
              Tome XIV de ces Voyages


Of the North-West parts of America
Following the Voyages of Middleton and Ellis
              In 1742 and 1740
Looking for a passage to the Southern Sea
       by M.B. Navy Engineer 1753
       See the map of Hudson Bay
      Volume XIV of these Voyages


Below map, book volume # that it was inserted into, and map #:

Tom XV No. 6

Copper-plate engraving.

Folds as issued, to fit into book: vertical and horizontal folds. A few rust spots. Toning left and top borders. Light browning area right margin.

Map paper is rounded, was stored in tube.

25.5 x 32 cm.


Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 21 March 1772) was a French hydrographer, geographer, and member of the French intellectual group called the philosophes.

Bellin was born in Paris. He was hydrographer of France's hydrographic office, member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London. Over a 50-year career, he produced a large number of maps of particular interest to the Ministère de la Marine. His maps of Canada and of French territories in North America (New France, Acadia, Louisiana) are particularly valuable. He died at Versailles.

Bellin contributed a number of maps to 15-vol. Histoire Generale des Voyages of Antoine François Prévost or simply known l'Abbe Prevost.


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