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Auction 183, Lot 75

"Western Coast of North America, with Behring's Straits", Faden, William

Subject: Western North America

Period: 1798 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Minimus Universalis...

Color: Hand Color

4.1 x 4.8 inches
10.4 x 12.2 cm
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This scarce miniature map covers the western coast of North America from Bering Strait to Baja California. The map features a relatively late appearance of the mythical Sea of the West, which is vaguely rendered to the east of Fuca's Entrance. A stretch of coastline in present-day Northern California is labeled New Albion, and the name Teguayo appears inland. There is a conjectural course of R. Tortolas traveling from Quivira to the Pacific. In Canada, McKenzies New R. uncertain is traced from Great Slave Lake to a partially delineated Fresh Water Lake dated 1789. A note at the end of the Coppermine River reads "the Sea 1771," referring to the explorations of Samuel Hearne. Alaska is still taking shape, but the Aleutians are depicted. The Sandwich Islands are shown at bottom left. Engraved by W. Palmer.

References: Kershaw #1188; McGuirk #231; Phillips (A) #690-52.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with a couple minor spots.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/9/2021