Auction 122, Lot 809

"A General Map of the Discoveries of Admiral De Fonte & others, by M. De l'Isle", Delisle, Joseph Nicholas

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1754 (dated)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Black & White

9.6 x 7.6 inches
24.4 x 19.3 cm

This fascinating map details the discoveries of Tchirikow, Bering, Bernarda, Spanberg and others. The major focus of the map is on Admiral Bartholomew de Fonte's purported exploration of 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 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.

References: Jolly GENT-88; Wagner #561.

Condition: B+

A clear impression on a sheet with a narrow margin, trimmed nearly to its neatline at bottom, as issued. Top margin with a couple faint stains.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 12/5/2007