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Auction 109, Lot 49

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

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1730 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Nouveau

Color: Hand Color

18 x 18 inches
45.7 x 45.7 cm

Covens & Mortier's edition of this important map of the Northern Hemisphere. This map was 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

Old repair on centerfold including filling two small holes without facsimile.

Estimate: $250 - $325


Closed on 12/1/2004