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Auction 123, Lot 41

"Carte des Lieux ou les Differentes Longueurs du Pendule a Secondes ont ete Observees…", Buache/Dezauche

Subject: World

Period: 1740 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

14.8 x 9.5 inches
37.6 x 24.1 cm

This scarce map is centered on the African continent and extends to the eastern half of North America and through Asia to include Formosa and part of Australia (New Holland). The map is drawn on Mercator's projection and at bottom and left are tables illustrating the difference in astronomical observations taken during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The bottom table gives the measurements of Newton, Bradley and de Maupertius. The table at left gives the locations observed by numerous explorers between 1677 and 1737. Published by Dezauche, circa 1780 or later. Originally from the rare scientific work Cartes et Tables de la Geographie Physique that was published by Buache. The first state was engraved by I. Van Duren, but this Dezauche edition gives no engraver attribution.

References: Rumsey #5698.000; cf Phillips (A) 220.

Condition: B+

A very nice example with fine color, good impression, and huge margins. One area of water stain at right margin, just into lower table, else very good.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/20/2008