Auction 97, Lot 485

"Nuove Scoperte de' Russi al Nord del Mare del Sud si nell'Asia, che nell' America", Zatta, Antonio

Subject: North Pacific

Period: 1776 (dated)

Publication: Atlante Novissimo

Color: Hand Color

15.7 x 12 inches
39.9 x 30.5 cm

Fascinating chart showing the western coast of North America from the Baja Peninsula, along the coast of California to Alaska and thence to the Bering Straits and the Kamtschatka Peninsula. The map is filled with hypothetical cartography: Alaska is represented by a group of islands clustered off the coast of Russia; and the northwest coast of North America is filled with the fictitious system of rivers and lakes of the NORTHWEST PASSAGE and discoveries of Admiral de Fonte. The pictorial title cartouche includes several incongruent - a crocodile, an elephant, a rhinoceros and an ostrich.

References: Portinaro & Knirsch p.250; Wagner #654; Wheat (TMW) #167

Condition: B

Original color with slight toning of centerfold and two wormholes in bottom margin.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/5/2001