Auction 96, Lot 99

"Carte Generale des Decouvertes de l'Amiral de Fonte representant la grande probabilite d'un Passage au Nord Ouest", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: Western North America

Period: 1777 (published)

Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedea

Color: Black & White

14.8 x 11.5 inches
37.6 x 29.2 cm

Probably the most extravagant of all the NORTHWEST PASSAGE maps. Thomas Jeffreys was an ardent believer in the northern route to Asia and prepared this map to show the passage, and especially its entrance on the west coast, as described by Juan de Fuca in 1592, and in the fictitious story of Bartholomew de Font's discoveries in 1640.

References: Portinaro and Knirsch #159; Pedley #455; Hayes #36; Wagner (NW) #637.

Condition: A

This example is a crisp impression on fine hand-laid paper with watermark and wide margins. Hint of offsetting that easily erases.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/12/2001