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Auction 125, Lot 54

"Nuova Carta Del Polo Artico secondo l'Ultime osservazioni", Albrizzi/Tirion

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1755 (circa)


Color: Black & White

12.5 x 11 inches
31.8 x 27.9 cm

Italian edition of this attractive copper engraved map presented on a north polar projection. The map shows California as an island with the region north of the island left blank. There is good detail in Europe and Asia; the Great Wall of China is graphically illustrated. The detail in North America consists of a rendition of Lahontan's ideas of a river and lake system connecting with the Mississippi River, as well as a flirtation with the notion of a Northwest Passage. Ribbon style title cartouche. This Italian edition is attributed to G. De L'Isle according to McLaughlin.

References: McLaughlin # 216-3.

Condition: B+

Dark impression on a full sheet with wide margins. Fold lines with expert repairs on verso, else fine.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/24/2008