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Auction 109, Lot 700

"Carte des Nouvelles Decouvertes [on sheet with] Extrait d'une Carte Japonise de l'Univers", Robert de Vaugondy

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1777 (published)

Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedia (Supplement)

Color: Black & White

15.2 x 11.7 inches
38.6 x 29.7 cm

Two maps within a single border. Each covers the north Pacific, including the continents bordering it. The top map depicts the theories of Philip Buache concerning the Northwest Passage, with numerous possible routes through North America, including Lace de Valasco, Lac de Fonte and Mer de l'Ouest. Alaska is shown as an elongated island. In Asia, Kamtchatka is fairly well formed but Japan is still quite misshapen. The bottom chart depicts the region per Kaempfer, with Japan nicely detailed, but the coasts of both Asia and North America very deformed.

References: Falk #1752-2; Wagner (NW), pp. 158-162; Pedley #452.

Condition: A

Sharp impression. Faint damp stain in blank margin and fold separation not affecting map.

Estimate: $275 - $325


Closed on 12/1/2004