Auction 128, Lot 71

"Hemisphere Septentrional pour Voir plus Distinctement les Terres Arctiques…", Delisle, Guillaume

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1714 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

18 x 18 inches
45.7 x 45.7 cm

First edition of this important map of the Northern Hemisphere drawn with Delisle’s characteristic scientific approach. This is the first map to correctly place the west coast of North America, moving it substantially east from previous mapping. California is shown as a peninsula (at a time when it was often still shown as an island - even in other maps drawn by Delisle). Near the northern coast of Asia is Terre de la Compagnie with a note about its discovery by Jean de Gama. Delisle based his depiction of the Northern Pacific on the voyage of Fondant in 1709.

References: Wagner (NW) #504.

Condition: A

There are a couple minor creases and light surface soil in blank margins, else fine.

Estimate: $550 - $650


Closed on 5/20/2009