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Auction 123, Lot 26

"Carte Generale du Monde, ou Description du Monde Terrestre & Aquatique", Mortier, Pierre

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Black & White

18.2 x 15.7 inches
46.2 x 39.9 cm

Pierre Mortier's unique world map is drawn on Mercator's projection with California as an Island . The Detroit d'Anian is connected by dotted lines through the Northwest Passage to Button's Bay, located to the west of Hudson Bay. A small coastline of New Zealand appears in the Pacific. The northeast coast of Asia is severely truncated and shows Witsen's Cap de Glaces. Australia's northern coast is shown connected to New Guinea and only the southern tip of Tasmania is mapped. Five spheres at the top of the sheet depict Day and Night, the Flood, the phases of the moon, and the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. The map was precisely engraved by Jan van Luchenburg (signature at lower left). Dutch title, "Generale Waereld Kaart van de Land en Water Waereld".

References: Shirley #622.

Condition: A+

Lovely, sharp impression on strong paper.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $800

Closed on 2/20/2008