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Auction 118, Lot 26

"Carte Generale du Monde, ou Description du Monde Terrestre & Aquatique. Generale Waereld Kaart of Beschryving van de Land en Water Waereld", Covens & Mortier

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 15 inches
47 x 38.1 cm
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Pierre Mortier's unique world map drawn on Mercator's projection shows California as an island and the Detroit d'Anian connected by dotted lines through the Northwest Passage to Button's Bay located to the west of Hudson Bay. An erroneous large lake is shown as the source for the Rio Norte located in the Southwest, as well as an early, open-ended version of the Great Lakes named Mer Douce. A small coastline of New Zealand appears in the Pacific. The northeast coast of Asia is severely truncated and shows Witsen's Cap de Glaces. Australia's northern coast is shown connected to New Guinea, and two disjointed coastlines appear to the south including Van Diemen's Land. The most interesting features of the map are the five spheres presented along the top. These depict Day and Night, the Flood, the phases of the moon, and the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. The map was precisely engraved by Jan van Luchenburg (signature at lower left). This is the second state with the Covens and Mortier imprint.

References: Shirley #622.

Condition: B

Issued folding, now pressed. Wide original margins with binding trim replace at lower left. Some expert paper restoration and repairs just east of South America.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 3/6/2007