"Planisphere Representant Toute l'Etendue du Monde…", Elwe, Jan Barend
Period: 1792 (published)
Color: Hand Color
10.5 x 17 inches
26.7 x 43.2 cm
A very interesting and decorative world map on a North Polar projection derived from Jacques Cassini’s projection published in 1696. Because of the projection it depicts some very odd landmasses. In North America a large Northwest Passage bisects the known part of the continent from a huge Terres Inconnues and the island of California is very elongated. Australia extends across sixty degrees so that the eastern shore lies north of New Zealand. The planisphere is supported on the shoulders of the crouching figure of the mythological god, Atlas. This is the second state of this map, originally published as a title page by Renard in 1715 and 1739.
References: McLaughlin #TP12, p. 130.
A little marginal soiling and mildew.