Auction 95, Lot 79

"Carte des parties Nord et Ouest de l'Ameriques dressee d'apres les relations les plus authentiques", Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles

Subject: North America

Period: 1772 (dated)

Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedie

Color: Black & White

14.5 x 11.5 inches
36.8 x 29.2 cm

De Vaugondy's rendition of Samuel Engel's map of 1764. The Asian and American coast have been altered slightly. The myth of a Northwest Passage continues to persist, here linking the "Detroit d Anian" with "L. Ouipipigon" by a system of rivers and a large "Lac des Conibas". There is also a "Riviere coulante a l'Ouest" which connects to another large lake "L. des Tahuglanuks". The Alaska peninsula is shown as a series of large islands. California here called Grand Quivira.

References: Pedley #453, Portinaro & Knirsch #155.

Condition: A

Crisp, strong impression on fine hand-laid paper with wide margins and watermark. A nice example of this map.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/13/2001