Auction 117, Lot 836

"Nuove Scoperte de' Russi al Nord del Mare del Sud si nell'Asia, che nell' America", Zatta, Antonio

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1776 (dated)

Publication: Atlante Novissimo

Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 12 inches
39.4 x 30.5 cm

Fascinating chart showing the western coast of North America from the Baja Peninsula, along the coast of California to Alaska and thence to the Bering Strait and the Kamchatka Peninsula. The map is filled with hypothetical cartography; Alaska is represented by a group of islands clustered off the coast of Russia, and the northwest coast of North America is filled with the fictitious system of rivers and lakes of the Northwest Passage and discoveries of Admiral de Fonte. The pictorial title cartouche includes several incongruent animals - a crocodile, an elephant, a rhinoceros and an ostrich. There is a notation of the legendary land of Fou-Sang, here noted as a Chinese colony in the general area of what would become Vancouver Island in the Pacific Northwest.

References: Portinaro & Knirsch p. 250; Wagner #654; Wheat (TMW) #167.

Condition: A

Very nice with full, generous margins and great original color. Tiny smudge in blank, upper margin, else fine.

Estimate: $750 - $1,000

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/6/2006