"Mappe-Monde Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie, relativement aux Auteurs les plus Modernes", Brion de la Tour/Desnos
Period: 1790 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
12 x 11.8 inches
30.5 x 30 cm
This decorative double hemisphere map features a prominent Sea of the West and a Northwest Passage in North America. A conjectural shape for Australia incorporates Tasmania into the mainland. The title and dedication cartouches are tucked between the cusps of the hemispheres that are supported by two naked men. The map is surrounded in a rococo-style border.
Original outline and wash color. Centerfold repaired, with some loss and facsimile in lower border. Margins close, repaired tear on left, just into border, and some chipping and loss in the bottom.