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Auction 188, Lot 43

"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

7.9 x 7.9 inches
20.1 x 20.1 cm
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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+

Issued folding with a few faint spots and minor offsetting.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/22/2022