Auction 103, Lot 536

"A General Map of the Discoveries of Admiral de Fonte & others, by M. De l'isle", Delisle, Joseph Nicholas

Subject: North Pacific

Period: 1754 (dated)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Hand Color

10 x 7.6 inches
25.4 x 19.3 cm

Reduced version of one of the most famous and elaborate Northwest Passage maps ever made. It is from Delisle's Carte Generale des Decouvertes de l'Amiral de Fonte of 1752. The map features the spurious passage of Admiral de Fonte from the Pacific through De Fontes Lake and into Hudson Bay. It also shows a huge Sea of the West, tracks of explorers drawn from Russian sources, and part of Northeast Asia. This smaller map was included in the March, 1754 edition of Gentleman's Magazine.

References: Jolly, GENT-88; Falk (AK) 1754-3.

Condition: A

Good later color, some light toning at edges. Narrow, but adequate, top margin as issued.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/11/2003