Auction 98, Lot 421

"Carte des Nouvelles Decouvertes [on sheet with] Extrait d'une Carte Japonoise de l'Univers", Robert de Vaugondy/Diderot

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1752 (dated)

Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedia (Supplement)

Color: Black & White

14.8 x 11.5 inches
37.6 x 29.2 cm

Two maps within a single border. Each covers the north Pacific, including the continents bordering it. The top map depicts the theories of Philip Buache concerning the Northwest Passage, with numerous possible routes through North America, including Lace de Valasco, Lac de Fonte and Mer de l'Ouest. Alaska is shown as an elongated island. In Asia, Kamtchatka is fairly well formed but Japan is still quite misshapen. The bottom chart depicts the region per Kaempfer, with Japan nicely detailed, but the coasts of both Asia and North America very deformed.

References: Falk #1752-2; Wagner (NW), pp 158-162; Pedley #452.

Condition: A+

Superb impression on fine paper with only one centerfold.

Estimate: $220 - $300

Sold for: $160

Closed on 3/6/2002