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Auction 118, Lot 68

"Terres Antarctiques", Anon.

Subject: South Pole

Period: 1784 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.5 x 7 inches
24.1 x 17.8 cm

This is an uncommon map of the Southern Hemisphere with a curious combination of cartography. The map resembles Hondius' map of 1641 but covers a larger area, extending to just above the equator. The sketchy outline and strings of spurious islands of the great southern continent are retained. But the discoveries of Tasman in New Zealand and Tasmania are shown along with several seventeenth century discoveries in Australia. The map is adorned by a decorative title cartouche in the bottom right corner. There is an attribution in pencil on the verso to Antoine Augustin Bruzen de la Martiniere (1662-1746), but we have not been able to verify it or find this map in any reference.


Condition: B

Some light creases and surface soil, else very good.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $450

Closed on 3/6/2007