Auction 116, Lot 826

"Carte Generale des Decouvertes de l'Amiral de Fonte…", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: Western North America

Period: 1780 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14.8 x 11.5 inches
37.6 x 29.2 cm

This is one of the more remarkable combinations of fact and fiction in a map of the Pacific Northwest. Its source was an account published in 1708 of new discoveries from the purported voyage in 1640 by the Spanish Admiral, Bartholomew de Fonte. Thereafter, the account was changed and elaborated upon, most notably by this series of maps which appeared in Diderot's Encyclopedia. In its concept it promoted the hopes of a Northwest Passage and depicted the existence of a huge Mer de l'Ouest or the Sea of the West. The tracks for the Russian exploration in 1741 are traced as well as the purported track of Admiral de Fonte. This example was engraved by Heidegger of Zurich.


Condition: B

Issued folding, now pressed. Bit of minor soil, else very good.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/20/2006