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Auction 101, Lot 21

"Carte Generale du Monde, ou Description du Monde Terrestre & Aquatique", Covens & Mortier

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 15.8 inches
47 x 40.1 cm

Pierre Mortier's unique world map drawn on Mercator's projection with California as an Island and the Detroit d'Anian connected by dotted lines through the Northwest Passage to Button's Bay located to the west of Hudson's Bay. A small coastline of New Zealand appears in the Pacific. The northeast coast of Asia is severely truncated and shows Witsen's Cap de Glaces. Australia's northern coast is shown connected to New Guinea, along with a part of Van Diemen's Land. The most interesting features of the map are the five spheres presented at top. These depict Day and Night, the Flood, the phases of the moon, and the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. Jan van Luchenburg (signature at lower left) precisely engraved the map. This is the second state with the Covens and Mortier imprint.

References: Shirley #622.

Condition: A

Crisp impression with fine coloring. A few insignificant spots in blank areas. Tiny worm hole in Baltic, still very good.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $900

Closed on 12/4/2002