"An Essay of a New and Compact Map, containing the known Parts of the Terrestrial Globe", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1750 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
26.9 x 19.5 inches
68.3 x 49.5 cm
A beautiful large map issued in conjunction with Pieter de Hondt. The Northwest coast of North America is mostly blank with a notation concerning the Russian discoveries in Alaska in 1743. A Northwest Passage is shown with the R. de l' Ouest connecting several large lakes with Lake Superior. The mythical kingdoms of Quivira et Taguaio take up most of the present-day western states. Australia is shown with partially defined east and south coastlines, and is attached to Terre de Diemen and Nova Guinea. The western coastline of New Zealand is shown and there is fair detail in the Salomon Islands. The chart is beautifully engraved with two compass roses and a decorative cartouche containing the English title. French and Dutch titles appear below the map.
Issued folded. Professional repairs on a couple of marginal fold separations and a binding tear entering title cartouche. Overall very clean.