In his only illustrated work, now known as the Codex Canadensis, the Jesuit missionary priest Louis Nicolas created a unique record of the natural life and inhabitants he observed in New France. He also included two maps and three drawings to dedicate his album to King Louis XIV. The twelve works selected here are typical of his interest and of his style.


  • Royal Crown of France

    Royal Crown of France n.d.

  • King of the Great Nation of the Nadouessiouek

    King of the Great Nation of the Nadouessiouek n.d.

  • Portrait of a Famous One-eyed Man

    Portrait of a Famous One-eyed Man n.d.

  • Fishing by the Passinassiouek

    Fishing by the Passinassiouek n.d.

  • Aboriginal Rituals

    Aboriginal Rituals n.d.

  • Plants

    Plants n.d.

  • Unicorn of the Red Sea

    Unicorn of the Red Sea n.d.

  • Amphibians

    Amphibians n.d.

  • Birds

    Birds n.d.

  • Papace, or Grey Partridge

    Papace, or Grey Partridge n.d.

  • Sea Monster Killed by the French

    Sea Monster Killed by the French n.d.

  • Jacques Cartier’s Ship

    Jacques Cartier’s Ship n.d.

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