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Auction 182, Lot 38

"A Correct Draught of the North Pole and of All the Countries Hitherto Discovered, Intercepted Between the Pole and the Parallel of 50 Degrees...", Bowen, Emanuel

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1748 (circa)

Publication: John Harris' Navigantium Atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca...

Color: Black & White

16.6 x 15.3 inches
42.2 x 38.9 cm

A highly detailed map that shows the tracks of navigators in their numerous attempts to find a northern passage to the economic riches of Asia. The map shows great information on the hunt for the Northwest Passage via Hudson Bay. Much of Greenland and the western part of North America remain undiscovered. A decorative title cartouche obscures the unknown northwest coast. Panels of English text at the bottom describe the explorations and probabilities of finding a Northwest Passage via Hudson Bay, with particular interest in the outcome of the 1746 Arthur Dobbs expedition.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.HARR-1a #21; Kershaw #418.

Condition: A

A nice impression issued folding, now flat, with a fleur-de-lis watermark. There is some minor scattered foxing and tiny edge tears along the top sheet edge that have been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $450

Closed on 4/28/2021