Auction 122, Lot 133

"Carte Systematique d'une Partie de l'Amerique du N.O. pour l'Intelligence des Decouvertes de l'Amal. de Fuente par J.N. Delisle. 1752", Delisle, Joseph Nicholas

Subject: Pacific Northwest

Period: 1798 (published)

Publication: Voyage Autour du Monde…

Color: Hand Color

6 x 8.3 inches
15.2 x 21.1 cm

The major focus of this map is on infamous expedition by Admiral Bartholomew de Fonte's in the Pacific Northwest. In 1708, a newly discovered account of the Spanish Admiral's 1640 expedition was published. It was actually a hoax, but thereafter the account was changed and elaborated upon by numerous mapmakers. The extravagant claims included the discovery of the Northwest Passage and a huge Sea of the West, all shown on this map. The fictitious waterways include Lac Bernarda, Lac Velasco and Lac de Fonte. Engraved by Tardieu.

References: cf Wagner #571.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $375 - $400

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/5/2007