Auction 122, Lot 23

"Mappemonde ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: World

Period: 1719 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.5 x 13 inches
44.5 x 33 cm

A handsome double hemisphere world map surrounded by a florid vine pattern with depictions of the sun, moon and a compass rose. The map has California as an island with the coastline above stretching nearly to Asia. This map includes a particularly extraordinary version of Terres Australes Inconnues; it is shown across the entire base of the map and is connected to Australia at Nuyts Land. There is no sign of New Zealand, or any other Pacific islands. The voyages of Drake, Cavendish, and others are shown and several ships sail the oceans. The Great Wall is shown in China. Below the map are tables of French text listing the nations of the world and geographic terms.

References: Tooley (MCC-2) #53.

Condition: A

Nice impression with slight printer's ink residue and excellent color. Blank margin at bottom with minor rust spot and a small chip.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 12/5/2007

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