Auction 159, Lot 48

"Nuova Carta del Polo Artico Secondo l'Ultime Osservazioni", Tirion/Albrizzi

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication: Atlante Novissimo...

Color: Black & White

11 x 10.9 inches
27.9 x 27.7 cm

This is the Italian edition of this attractive copper engraved map presented on a north polar projection. The map shows California as an island with the region north of the island left blank. There is good detail in Europe and Asia; the Great Wall of China is graphically illustrated. The detail in North America consists of a rendition of Lahontan's ideas of a river and lake system connecting with the Mississippi River, as well as a flirtation with the notion of a Northwest Passage. Ribbon style title cartouche.

References: McLaughlin #216-2.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression with light offsetting and minor printer's ink residue. An edge tear in the right blank margin has been repaired with archival materials on verso.

Estimate: $220 - $250


Closed on 9/14/2016