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Auction 165, Lot 728

"Carte des Nouvelles Decouvertes Dressee par Phil. Bauche… [on sheet with] Extrait d'une Carte Japonise de l'Univers…", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1772 (circa)

Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedie (Supplement)

Color: Black & White

15 x 11.8 inches
38.1 x 30 cm

Two very contrasting maps within a single border. Each map covers the north Pacific, including the continents bordering it. The top map depicts the theories of Philip Buache concerning the Northwest Passage, with numerous possible routes through North America, including Lace de Valasco, Lac de Fonte, and Mer de l'Ouest. Alaska is shown as an elongated island. In Asia, Kamchatka is fairly well formed but Japan is still quite misshapen. The bottom chart depicts the region per Kaempfer, with Japan nicely detailed, but the coasts of both Asia and North America very deformed.

References: Falk (AK) #1752-2; Wagner (NW), pp. 158-162; Pedley #452; McGuirk #146; Kershaw #1230.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with faint offsetting and some minor toning along the sheet edges. A binding trim at lower left has been replaced with old paper.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $40

Closed on 11/15/2017