Auction 112, Lot 122

"Carte Generale des Decouvertes de l'Amiral de Fonte representant la grande probabilite d'un Passage au Nord Ouest", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: Western Canada and United States

Period: 1772 (dated)

Publication: Diderot's Encylopedie

Color: Hand Color

14.8 x 11.5 inches
37.6 x 29.2 cm

This is probably the most extravagant of all the Northwest Passage maps. Thomas Jefferys was an ardent believer in the northern route to Asia and prepared this map to show the passage, and especially its entrance on the west coast, as described by Juan de Fuca in 1592, and in the fictitious story of Bartholomew de Font's discoveries in 1640. Alaska is shown in an early form based on the map of Mueller.

References: Hayes pp. 26-27; Pedley #455.

Condition: B

Bit of light soil and edge tears. Issued folding.

Estimate: $300 - $350


Closed on 9/28/2005