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[Island of California] Robert de Vaugondy, Carte De Californie..., Paris, 1770. 11 x 15. BW. Fine. From an atlas accompanying Diderot's famous encyclopedia, the map shows different depictions of California from 1604 to 1767 as a peninsula, an island, and back again, with citations from various sources. Misconception of the Gulf of California as open-ended led to mistakes on maps for nearly 150 years, an error not officially corrected until an edict of the Spanish King in 1747. Sold

Reference: McLaughlin 241.

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