Auction 108, Lot 51

"A Map of the Icy Sea in Which the Several Communications with the Land Waters and Other New Discoveries are Exhibited", Gibson, John

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1760 (published)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Black & White

7.8 x 7.8 inches
19.8 x 19.8 cm

Based on the work of Jean Palairet, this is a very interesting map of the Northern Hemisphere and the Icy Great North Sea surrounding the North Pole. Shows the West Sea and other myths in the Northwest part of North America, and notes that a Dutch ship reached 80 degrees north latitude in 1670. Contrary to custom, Europe is located at left with America on the right. The course of the imaginary Northwest Passage is depicted from Portugal to Japan. Highly distorted landmasses, including a huge single island where the Aleutians are today, noted as being discovered in 1753. Still bound in the original and complete June 1760 issue (48 pp.) with related article.

References: Jolly GENT-141.

Condition: A+

Dark, early impression on thick hand-laid paper. Trace of offsetting, still fine.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/29/2004