L'Amérique septentrionale, ou, la partie septentrionale des Indes Occidentales
A fine scarce example of the first state of J.B. Nolin's map of North America.
Jean Baptiste Nolin based this map of North America on the 20 sheet map by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli published in 1688. However, the place names added in the Hudson Bay region clearly differentiate it from Coronelli's map. This is the first state of this map, it is distinguished from its later states published around 1690. The second states changes the imprint of the the publisher's address, adds a legend to the left of Quebec, changes Bristol to Boston, inserts Kenebeck town and river in Maine... And the third state gives credit to Jean Nicolas de Tralage, Sieur Tillemon for some corrections and augmentations. A fourth state was published later in 1704.
This map adopts one of the most conspicuous geographic fallacies of the century: California is shown as a huge island, instead of its true peninsular form. The representations of different regions are based on information from several explorations. The Great Lakes are based on information provided by Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette, the mouth of the Mississippi is misrepresented according to the discoveries of René-Robert Cavelier, and the names of several places in the west are taken from the manuscript of Diego Dionisio de Peñalosa Briceño y Berdugo. Moreover, the Rio Grande is divided into Rio Norte and Rio Bravo.
Reference : Burden, II, 657
Jean-Baptiste Nolin (1657?-1708) was an engraver, print editor, and ordinary geographer to the King (1701). He is the son of the Parisian engraver Jean Nolin and the student of Nicolas de Poilly, the ordinary engraver of the King. In 1686, Father Vincenzo Coronelli contracted with him for his celestial globe and 28 maps of geography. In 1688, Jean-Baptiste I Nolin left the rue Saint-Jacques to specialize in geography; he became geographer to the Duke of Orleans (1694), then geographer to the King (1701). In 1706 he lost a lawsuit for forgery against the academician Guillaume Delisle. At his death in 1708, his widow continued to run his business until 1712. His son, Jean-Baptiste II, took over the business of his parents after the retirement or death of his mother.