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Auction 167, Lot 22

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

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication: Atlante Novissimo...

Color: Hand Color

12.6 x 10.9 inches
32 x 27.7 cm
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This north polar projection includes the northern part of the island of California with the Pacific region left completely blank. There is good detail in Europe and Asia, with even the Great Wall of China shown, while relatively little detail appears in North America. The Mississippi River extends west and connects with a large lake, Gnacsitares, that almost reaches the West Coast, based on the embellished account of Baron de Lahontan. Quivira and Sante Fe are also noted in the west. Greenland is connected to both the North Pole and Canada. Ribbon style title cartouche. This Italian edition is attributed to Guillaume Delisle according to McLaughlin.

References: cf. Kershaw #421; McLaughlin #216.

Condition: A

Bold contemporary color on paper with a three moons watermark, a hint of toning along the centerfold, and marginal soiling. There is an archivally repaired centerfold separation near the center of the map and a short unrepaired centerfold separation at bottom.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $110

Closed on 3/28/2018