"Mare del Sud, detto altrimenti Mare Pacifico…", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Subject: Pacific Ocean
Period: 1690 (circa)
Publication: Atlante Veneto
Color: Hand Color
23.3 x 17.5 inches
59.2 x 44.5 cm
Splendid map of the Pacific Ocean featuring the partially-known islands off the coast of Asia as well as the coastline of the Americas. California is shown as an island with numerous place-names along the coasts and along the Mer Vermeio. Isola del Giapone, or Japan, is shown only 50 degrees from the California coast. The imaginary island of Terra de Iesso is shown as a large coastline northeast of Japan. A portion of the coastline of New Zealand is shown, indicating it as a very large land mass, and hinting that it may be part of the great Southern Continent. A little of Tasmania is shown as Terra D'Antonio Diemens and a partial coastline of Australia is shown blending into New Guinea. The map is adorned with a cartouche featuring aquatic putti surrounding a large shell filled with pearls and coral.
Vincenzo Coronelli was a Franciscan priest and renowned mathematician and cartographer. He was appointed official Cosmographer to the Venetian Republic in 1685 and founded the world's earliest geographic society, L'Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti.
References: McLaughlin #104.
Later, slightly lighter impression. Professional repair of a separation in centerfold and short tear, just entering the map at the bottom.