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Auction 116, Lot 51

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

Subject: Northern Hemisphere

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18 x 18 inches
45.7 x 45.7 cm
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This important map of the Northern Hemisphere 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

Original outline coloring. Lightly toned with faint damp stains.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/20/2006