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Auction 101, Lot 25

"A New & Correct Map of the Whole World Shewing ye Situation of its Principal Parts...With the most Remarkable Tracks of the Bold Attempts which have been made to find out the North East & Northwest Passages…", Moll, Herman

Subject: World

Period: 1719 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

47 x 27.8 inches
119.4 x 70.6 cm
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This spectacular map on Mercator's projection is one of the largest world maps ever produced for an atlas. The cartographic details include the prominent Insular California and recent discoveries in Australasia and northern Japan. There is a large inset of the North Pole depicting the potential regions where either a Northwest, or Northeast, Passage may be found. Another inset world map shows the magnetic variations of the compass in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans based on recent English observations. The trade winds are graphically shown in the oceans and the map is filled with fascinating comments and annotations. The large title cartouche was designed by Louis Cheron and is surrounded by exotic animals and unusual male figures representing the continents: a knight for Europe; a Turkish soldier for Asia; and native warriors for both America and Africa. The map consists of 4 sheets joined. Due to its size, it is rarely found in good condition.


Condition: B

Professionally backed with Japanese tissue, repaired fold separations and a couple of tears at bottom, with margins extended all around to facilitate framing. Overall a very good example of this impressive map.

Estimate: $4,750 - $5,500

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 12/4/2002