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Auction 109, Lot 699

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

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1754 (published)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine,

Color: Black & White

10 x 7.7 inches
25.4 x 19.6 cm

A fascinating map that details the discoveries of Tchirikow, Bering, Bernarda, Spanberg and others. The major focus of the map is on Admiral Bartholomew de Fonte and his exploration of the Pacific Northwest. In 1708, a newly discovered account of the Spanish Admiral's 1640 expedition was published. It was actually a hoax, but thereafter the account was changed and elaborated upon by numerous mapmakers. The extravagant claims included the discovery of the Northwest Passage and a huge Sea of the West, all shown on this map.

References: Jolly GENT-88.

Condition: B

Good impression on hand laid paper. Two short tears just entering map at top, closed on verso with archival tape, and a couple of spots in map. Close margin at top.

Estimate: $100 - $120

Sold for: $50

Closed on 12/1/2004