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Auction 98, Lot 84

"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: 1768 (dated)

Publication: Diderot's Encyclopedia (Supplement)

Color: Black & White

14 x 11.2 inches
35.6 x 28.4 cm
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Probably the most extravagant of all the Northwest Passage maps. Thomas Jefferys 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+

Fine impression and paper with only one fold.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $250

Closed on 3/6/2002