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Thomas Jefferson:  A General Map of the Discoveries of Admiral De Fonte and other Navigators, Spanish, English and Russian in quest of a Passage to the South Sea, By M. De l'Isle Sepr. 1752.

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Title: A General Map of the Discoveries of Admiral De Fonte and other Navigators, Spanish, English and Russian in quest of a Passage to the South Sea, By M. De l'Isle Sepr. 1752.

Map Maker: Thomas Jefferson

Place / Date: London / 1761

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 6.5 x 3.5 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $275.00

Inventory ID: 43863


Description:

Fine map of the Northwestern part of North America, illustrating the compilation of cartographic information by Joseph Nicholas De L'Isle, following his return from the Russian Academy in St. Petersburg.

The map's title is a direct translation from De L'Isle's Carte Generale des Découvertes de l’Amiral de Fonte . . . , first published in September 1752.  While first issued circa 1761, the map was also included in Jefferys very rare General topography of North America and the West Indies: . . .printed for Robert Sayer ... and Thomas Jefferys, 1768.

The present map shows a number of the great myths regarding the Northwest Coast of America, interspersed with facts.  Highlights include:

  • West Sea Discovered by De Fuca 1592 (The Sea of the West)
  • Entrance discovered by De Fuca
  • Entrance discovered by Juan Aguilar in 1603
  • Ths Discoveries of 1722 and 1728 along the Northwest Coast of America
  • Admiral De Fonte's discoveries in 1640
  • L.(ake) De Font or Mishinipi
  • Lake in which Bernarda sailed 436 Leagues
  • Land seen by Chirikow in 1741

The mulitple waterways depicted on the map which connect the northwest coast of America with Hudson's Bay and the Arctic Sea are of great interest.

A rare and interesting map.


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