Auction 151, Lot 623

"Nouvelle Representation des Cotes Nord et Est de l'Asie pour Servir d'Eclaircissment aux Articles du Supplement de l'Encyclopedie...", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: Northern Asia

Period: 1772 (dated)

Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedia (Supplement)

Color: Black & White

15.2 x 11.8 inches
38.6 x 30 cm

The Encyclopedie was published under the direction of Diderot from 1751 onward with thousands of articles written by the most prominent philosophers and scientists of the time. These great minds collaborated in the goal of assembling and disseminating the fruits of accumulated knowledge and learning. This massive reference work for the arts and sciences, served to propagate Enlightened ideas. Read a full description of this work and Diderot at

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: B+

A dark impression issued folding with faint damp stains that enter into the image at top. The sheet has been remargined with old paper at left. There are old ink notations outlining Japan and Korea in inset No. I.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $50

Closed on 11/19/2014