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Auction 107, Lot 41

"Hemisphere Septentrional pour Voir plus Distinctement les Terres Arctiques…", Delisle/Covens & Mortier

Subject: Northern Hemisphere

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18 x 18.4 inches
45.7 x 46.7 cm
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Covens & Mortier's edition of this important map of the Northern Hemisphere. This map is the first map to correctly place the west coast of North America by moving it east substantially from previous mapping. California is correctly shown as a peninsula with the entire northwest coast blank above Cap Mendocino. Near the northern coast of Asia is Terre de la Compagnie with a note about its discovery by Jean de Gama. Delisle based his depiction of the Northern Pacific on the voyage of Fondant in 1709.

References: Wagner #504.

Condition: B

Nice impression and original color with slight uneven toning. Tissue repairs on centerfold and a couple of short tears in blank margins, one extending just into map border at bottom.

Estimate: $325 - $375

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/9/2004