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Auction 196, Lot 50

"Carte des Deux Regions Polaires Jusqu'au 45e Degre de Latitude", Buffon, Comte de

Subject: Polar

Period: 1778 (circa)

Publication: Histoire Naturelle Generale et Particuliere

Color: Hand Color

17.6 x 8.8 inches
44.7 x 22.4 cm
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Interesting map of the poles that shows numerous tracks of explorers, including Tasman, Furneaux, Halley, Marion, and the first two expeditions of Cook. There is an unusual and utterly spurious Northwest Passage shown from Hudson Bay via Wager Inlet into la Gde. Eau des Sauvages, farther down into L. de Fonte and thus to the Pacific. There are many ice floes or icebergs depicted in both poles. Engraved by Aldring.


Condition: A

A crisp impression, issued folding and now flat, on watermarked paper, with a few minor spots and faint offsetting.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/7/2024