"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.
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.