Fine old color example of Vander Aa's decorative map of Canada and the Great Lakes Regions, based upon De L'Isle's map of 1703.
The map extends south to the Chespeake and west to the Plains, centered on the Great Lakes Region and Upper Mississippi. The map shows a fascinating theory on the sources of the Mississippi and an extension of the Missouri to the Pays de Gnaclitures, with a portage to a river in the region of the Pays de Moozemlek which undoubtedly extended to the Pacific.
Many early Indian Tribes and several Forts shown in the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley. Long note concerning Lahontan's explorations in the west. Fabulous contemporary projection of the Great Lakes. First edition, based upon De L'Isle's map of 1703. A must for Canada and Great Lakes collectors.
Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.