Fine old color example of Pierre Mortier's large map of the Canadian Polar Regions, Greenland and Iceland, which appeared in his Suite de Neptune Francois.
Among the more remarkable elements of the map is the depiction of "Destroit d'Anian," showing the Straits of Anian extending from Button's Bay toward the Pacific Ocean, offering a hopeful passage to the Pacific Ocean via a remarkably southerly course for the period.
Pierre, or Pieter, Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch engraver, son of a French refugee. He was born in Leiden. In 1690 he was granted a privilege to publish French maps in Dutch lands. In 1693 he released the first and accompanying volume of the Neptune Francois. The third followed in 1700. His son, Cornelis (1699-1783), would partner with Johannes Covens I, creating one of the most important map publishing companies of the eighteenth century.