Auction 117, Lot 68

"Hemisphere Occidental du Globe Terrestre Veu en Concave…", Moullart-Sanson, Pierre

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1704 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8 x 9 inches
20.3 x 22.9 cm

This very unusual map is presented as a mirror image - as if the viewer was looking at the Americas and the Pacific from an internal viewpoint. California is shown as an island on the Sanson model with a coastline labeled Terre de Jesso stretching between North America and Asia. In the Pacific only parts of the Australian and New Zealand coasts are delineated along with a large partial island labeled Terre de Quir. The place names and text are printed normally. The map was originally printed on a double-sheet with an accompanying Eastern Hemisphere. The second state (this map) was printed separately.

References: McLaughlin #125; Shirley #592.

Condition: A

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/6/2006