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CARTE GENERALE DES DECOUVERTES DE L'AMIRAL DE FONTE

Code: M3210

Cartographer: DE L'ISLE Family

Date: 1752 / 1772 Paris

Size: 30*39 cms

Attractive map of the North Pacific region.

This is one of the more remarkable combinations of fact and fiction ever published. This map of the North Pacific and Northwest had as its source a 1708 article in the Monthly Miscellany that purported to be a newly discovered account of a voyage in 1640 by the Spanish Admiral, Bartholomew de Fonte. Thereafter, the newly presented information was changed and elaborated upon, notably by this series of maps which appeared in Diderot's Encyclopedia. In its concept, it promoted the hopes of a Northwest Passage and depicts the existence of Mer de l'Ouest or the Sea of the West. The tracks for the Russian exploration in 1741 and other explorers are traced in the Pacific. Inset at upper left is a small map, "Carte dressee Sur la lettre de l'Amiral de Fonte par l'Ecrivain de la Californie" detailing the purported track of Admiral de Fonte.

San Francisco and Monteray marked on map.

Excellent hand colouir.

Very good condition.

Availability: Sold

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