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Auction 182, Lot 40

"A Map of the Icy Sea in Which the Several Communications with the Land Waters and Other New Discoveries Are Exhibited", Gibson, John

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1760 (published)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Black & White

Size:
7.8 x 7.8 inches
19.8 x 19.8 cm

This fascinating map, based on the work of Jean Palairet, depicts the Northern Hemisphere and the Icy Great North Sea surrounding the North Pole. It shows the West Sea and other myths in the Northwest part of North America, and notes that a Dutch ship reached 80° north latitude in 1670. Contrary to custom, Europe is located at left with America on the right. The course of the imaginary Northwest Passage is depicted as an easy sail between Portugal and Japan. With highly distorted landmasses, including a huge single island where the Aleutians are today, with the note they were discovered in 1753.

References: Jolly #GENT-141; McGuirk #90.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with minor offsetting and a binder's cut in the right blank margin. The margin has been trimmed close at top by the binder, with a sliver of the title missing.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 4/28/2021

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