"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
27 x 19.5 inches
68.6 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 through 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 conjecturally attached to Terre de Diemen and Nova Guinea. The western coastline of New Zealand is shown and there is fair detail in the Solomon 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 folding, now pressed with folds reinforced with light tissue on verso.