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Auction 101, Lot 23

"Mappe-Monde Dressee sur les Observations…", Delisle/Schenk

Subject: World

Period: 1708 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.2 x 17.5 inches
58.9 x 44.5 cm
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This handsome double hemisphere map is a corrected version of Delisle’s first world map, issued in 1700. The address notation in the lower cartouche removes his address in favor of Schenk's imprint. In this edition new information corrects the representation of the Great Lakes, South America, and the Niger River in Africa. In keeping with Delisle's desire for accuracy, the northwestern portion of North America is not illustrated here and there is no evidence of Antarctica. Delisle used accounts from French explorers and colonizers of the Gulf of Mexico region. He also had access to accounts from survivors of La Salle’s expedition in the late 1680's. Despite his efforts to produce highly accurate maps, this map shows New Guinea connected to Australia, and it appears that Japan is connected to the mainland to the north. Features an elaborate cartouche that includes four female personifications of the continents. The banner across the top advertises Delisle’s upcoming book, Novella Introduction à la Géographie.


Condition: A

Very fine impression with full original color that has been freshened.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600


Closed on 12/4/2002