Auction 148, Lot 46

"A Correct Draught of the North Pole and of All the Countries Hitherto Discovered, Intercepted Between the Pole and the Parallel of 50 Degrees...", Bowen, Emanuel

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1744 (circa)

Publication: Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca…

Color: Hand Color

17.2 x 15.4 inches
43.7 x 39.1 cm

A highly detailed map that shows the tracks of navigators in their numerous attempts to find a northern passage to the economic riches of Asia. The map shows great information on the hunt for the Northwest Passage via Hudson Bay. Much of Greenland and the western part of North America remain undiscovered. A decorative title cartouche obscures the unknown northwest coast. Panels of English text at the bottom describe the explorations and probabilities of finding a Northwest Passage via Hudson Bay, with particular interest in the outcome of the 1746 Arthur Dobbs expedition. Published by John Harris.

References: Kershaw #418.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on watermarked paper with attractive color and two small stains to the right of the title cartouche.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/19/2014