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Auction 115, Lot 752

"A General Map of the Discoveries of Admiral De Fonte & others, by M. De l'Isle", Delisle, Joseph Nicholas

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1754 (dated)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Black & White

9.6 x 7.6 inches
24.4 x 19.3 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's purported 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 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; Wagner #561

Condition: A

A few tiny spots near center and soiling at upper left corner, still very good. Folds as issued.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/21/2006