Livourne, France: Robert de Vaugoundy, 1772-1777. Very Good. First Edition. Folio, [12.5x14.25in neat lines, 17.25x21in sheet]; Title in top center with four inset maps label I- Partie Nord-ouest de l'Amerique, II- Nonvelle Grenade, III- Region des Conibas et pays voisins, IV- Extremites de la partie occidentale de la Californie; map covers a large area from 25 to 80 North latitude, Norway to Alaska, and 20 east to 155 west longititude China to the Arctic Circle; Copper engraving on heavy watermarked paper with pictorial relief with mountains, forests and major rivers with location grid and names, both mythical, real and related to present day; Little age toning and small spots, close tear at bottom edge, crease fold. Item #13571
This map was one of a 10 map series for the Supplement to Diderot's "Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers" published in 1777. It shows the Northeast passage from Norway and Spitsberg Island to the Strait of Anian (Bering Strait). The focus of the map is Asiatic Russia and the far east.
The also identifies the mythical lands of Anian and Quivira Regnums. The Anian and Quivira myths relating to Marco Polo and the Spanish Conquistators Seven Cities of Chibola.