A Fascinating Map of the Pacific Northwest with a Huge <I>Sea of the West</I>
"Carte des Nouvelles Decouvertes au Nord de la Mer du Sud,Tant a l'Est de la Siberie et du Kamchatka, qu'a l'Ouest de la Nouvelle France", Santini, Francois
Subject: North Pacific Ocean
Period: 1776 (published)
Publication: Atlas Universel...
Color: Hand Color
24.7 x 17.8 inches
62.7 x 45.2 cm
This is the first state of the authorized Venice edition of this cornerstone map of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest by Delisle/Buache. It depicts the discoveries of the Russians in the early 18th century, including the tracks of Bering's first and second voyages, Joseph Nicolas Delisle's voyage with Capt. Tchirikow in 1741, the track of De Frondat's voyage from China to California in 1709. The route of the Spanish Galleons from Acapulco, Mexico to Manilla, Philippines in 1743 are also shown. These ships regularly carried immense quantities of gold and treasure along the route, until they were captured by Commodore George Anson in June 1743.
The west coast of North America is entirely fictitious north of Cap Blanc with an enormous Sea of the West, Lac Valasco, and Isle of Bernarda. A network of rivers and lakes making up most of a Northwest Passage is derived from the apocryphal voyages of the Spanish Admiral Bartholome de Fonte. Title in rococo cartouche flanked by a native of Kamchatka in the upper left corner and a native of Louisiana in the upper right corner.
References: Falk #1776-1; Kershaw #1226; Tooley (Amer) p. 35, #103; McGuirk #163.
A fine impression on watermarked paper with minor toning along the centerfold, a few faint spots, and some short professionally repaired tears along the centerfold. There are small chips in the top and bottom blank margins.