Auction 136, Lot 684

"Nouvelle Representation des Cotes Nord et Est de l'Asie pour servir d'eclaircissement aux Articles du Supplement de l'Encyclopedie qui concernent le Passage aux Indes par le Nord", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: Asia - Northeastern

Period: 1772 (dated)

Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedie (Supplement)

Color: Hand Color

15.2 x 11.7 inches
38.6 x 29.7 cm

Interesting map of the northeast coast of Asia depicting Kamchatka, Japan and Korea. It also shows part of what is present-day Alaska. The Tchutski (Chukotskiy) Peninsula stretches very close to the American landmass, hinting at a possible land bridge. Within the larger map are two insets (one within the other). The insets represent an evolving understanding of the geography of Kamachatka, with the map being the latest iteration. The first inset, No. 1, was completed by Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur, who was the ruler of Khiva in present-day Uzbekistan for 20 years.

References: Pedley #402.

Condition: A

Minor tears in the margin have been repaired with hinge tape. Issued folded and now flat.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $160

Closed on 6/1/2011