Auction 121, Lot 16

"Mappe-Monde ou Carte Generale de la Terre, Dressee sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences…", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

13.2 x 9 inches
33.5 x 22.9 cm

Fine double hemispheric map that features California as an island. Surrounding the hemispheres are nine medallion portraits of explorers, including La Salle, Tachard, Dampier, Magellan, Drake, Columbus, Vespucci, Marco Polo, and Schouten. The map shows early mapping of North America with the Great Lakes not completely formed. The northeast coast of Asia includes a coastline labeled Roy. de Coree stretching off the map in the direction of North America. Australia and New Zealand are tentatively drawn and named Nouvelle Hollande and Nouv. Zeeland. Shirley says this map may be copied directly from the similar map by Mortier (see Shirley 572), or perhaps the Mortier edition was in fact copied from this map as that dating may be incorrect. This is the first edition, dated 1700. Editions were also published in 1702, 1705,1717, 1723 and 1725.

References: Shirley #601.

Condition: A

Paper added to the bottom and left margins to facilitate framing. Archival tissue hinge remnants on verso. One very faint stain in the Pacific.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/26/2007