Auction 139, Lot 702

"Carte des Terres Nouvellement Connues au Nord de la Mer du Sud Tant du Cote de l'Asie que du Cote de l'Amerique…", Buache, Philip

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1761 (published)

Publication: Memoires de l'Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres

Color: Black & White

10.5 x 6.5 inches
26.7 x 16.5 cm

This small and uncommon map shows an interesting version of the Buache/Delisle depiction of the Pacific Northwest, with a bulbous Alaskan peninsula, a massive Sea of the West, and an indefinite Northwest Passage via its network of outlandish waterways. The inland sea has a sketched connection to a large inland lake named la Grande Eau. This map combines Buache's cartography of the region with information from the book by Joseph de Guignes about China, wherein he mentions the Chinese colony of Fousang, based upon Hui Shen's supposed voyage in the 5th century AD, whose track is shown from China. Fousang is located on this map in the vicinity of Puget Sound.

References: McGuirk #93; Kershaw #1215.

Condition: B+

Issued folded, with a dark impression and minor offsetting. There is a small paper flaw in an unengraved area of map image at left.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/15/2012