Auction 117, Lot 34

"Hemisphere Meridional dresse en 1754 par M. LeComte de Redern…execute par ordre de l'Academie", De Redern, LeComte

Subject: Southern Hemisphere

Period: 1762 (dated)


Color: Black & White

22 x 17.7 inches
55.9 x 45 cm

Scarce map focused on the South Pole and Australia in particular. This is one of two maps complied by De Redern, the Curator of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Australia has begun to take shape, although it is still quite inaccurate and Tasmania is shown as a part of the mainland. Van Diemen's Land appears on two sides of the continent. The routes of Dampier, Tasman, Le Maire, Magellan, Mendana and Quiros are shown. The T. du. S. Esprit is shown as part of Australia, taken from Quiros voyage in 1606, when he named what he thought was Australia Tierra Australis del Espiritu Santo, which is actually a part of the Vanuatu Islands.


Condition: B

Overall toning and light foxing. Minor loss in the bottom margin, just touching the bottom neatline. Hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $450

Closed on 12/6/2006