Catalog Archive
Auction 125, Lot 33

"Mappe-Monde, Divisee en ses Quarte Parties", Anon.

Subject: World

Period: 1769 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

11 x 5.7 inches
27.9 x 14.5 cm

This unusual little world map is particularly interesting for its presentation of a variety of the Northwest Passage theories prevalent at the end of the eighteenth century. None of the waterways quite form a complete passage, but a number of the fictional lakes from Admiral de Fonte's infamous expedition are depicted and there is a huge Sea of the West. An elongated peninsula roughly in the region of Alaska is noted as the land discovered by the Russians. In the Eastern Hemisphere, Australia is shown in a preliminary shape that incorporates Tasmania and truncates the eastern coastline.


Condition: A

Some stains in blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $275

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/24/2008