Auction 119, Lot 140

"A new Map of Part of North America From the Latitude of 40 to 68 Degrees. Including the late discoveries made on Board the Furnace Bomb Ketch in 1742…", La France, Joseph

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1744 (published)

Publication: An Account of the Countries Adjoining to Hudson's Bay in the North-West Part

Color: Black & White

18.5 x 13 inches
47 x 33 cm

A scarce and significant map illustrating the controversy over the long sought-after Northwest Passage. The map was commissioned by Arthur Dobbs, who disputed the Hudson Bay Company's monopoly and its failed expeditions in search of a passage to the Pacific. The map was compiled from information supposedly gathered by Joseph La France, a French Canadian Indian trapper, during his travels in the region between 1739 and 1742. The fascinating map depicts a severely truncated western unknown coast connecting to Hudson Bay at Rankin's Inlet with another possible connection at Lovegrove's opening. An elaborate river system connects Hudson Bay with the Lake of Woods, with a short portage shown to Lahontan's famous Long River. Finally the open-ended Lake Tahuglauk lies west of a mountain range in a region named Part of California.

References: Verner & Stuart-Stubbs #21; Kershaw #422.

Condition: A

Superb impression. The map has been backed to reinforce the typically fine paper, and the right binding side has professionally extended, not affecting the map at all.

Estimate: $4,500 - $6,000

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 5/9/2007