Auction 121, Lot 420

"Partie de la Carte du Capitaine Cluny Auteur d'un ouvrage anglois intitule American Traveller", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: North America - Arctic

Period: 1769 (dated)

Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedia (Supplement)

Color: Hand Color

16 x 8.4 inches
40.6 x 21.3 cm

While the map covers the northern hemisphere from Asia through Europe, the focus of the map is the Arctic region of North America. The most important feature of the map is the early depiction of Alaska, patterned after Muller's epic map of 1750 that was the first to show the Russian discoveries, also noted here. A very interesting Northwest Passage is shown going from Repulse Bay in the north part of Hudson's Bay into the Arctic Ocean at Cape Fowler.

References: Wagner (NW) #637, Pedley #460.

Condition: B+

Lightly toned, slightly more so at centerfold. Lower left corner chipped, well away from map.

Estimate: $180 - $230


Closed on 9/26/2007