Auction 135, Lot 38

"Carte des Deux Regions Polaires…", Buffon, Comte de

Subject: World - Polar

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication: Histoire Naturelle Generale et Particuliere

Color: Black & White

17.5 x 8.5 inches
44.5 x 21.6 cm

Interesting map of the poles that shows numerous tracks of explorers, including Tasman, Furneaux, Halley, Marion and the 1773 expedition of Cook. There is an unusual and utterly spurious Northwest Passage shown from Hudson Bay via Wager Inlet into a Grand Eau des Sauvages down into L. de Fonte and thus to the Pacific. There are many ice floes or icebergs depicted in both poles.


Condition: A

Near fine with nice impression and full margins on clean and bright paper. A short puncture at upper right outside the hemisphere that has been professionally repaired on verso, otherwise a fine example.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/16/2011