Jos. Nicolas De L'IsleGeb. zu Paris d.4 April. 1688 gest. ebend. d.12 Sept. 1768.
Stipple, rare. Sheet size: 180 x 100mm (7 x 4"). Cut on left side. Foxed.
Joseph Nicolas de L'Isle (1688-1768), brother of the French Royal Cartographer Guillaume, who entered the service of the Russian tsars in 1726, heading the department of geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences and working on the first Atlas of Russia, the 'Atlas Russicus', published 1745. Unfortunately he is better known for propagating the myth of a 'Mer de l’Ouest' ('Western Sea'), based on a hoax, a supposed voyage of Admiral de Fonte who claimed to crossed North America via a North West Passage. The portrait was published in 'Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden' (Universal Geographical Ephemerides (i.e. encyclopedia)) by Friedrich Bertuch et al.
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