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Auction 123, Lot 44

"Orbis Vetus in utraque Continente juxta Mentem Sansonianam Distinctus, nec non Observationibus Astronomicis Redactus…", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier

Subject: World

Period: 1752 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

28 x 18.6 inches
71.1 x 47.2 cm

This impressive, large double hemisphere world map is beautifully engraved in the robust style characteristic of Robert de Vaugondy. The map presents a historical perspective by depicting 18th century cartography, but only those place names that were known to the ancients. The Western Hemisphere is labeled Atlantis Insula and the northwest coast of North America is completely blank. In the Eastern Hemisphere, the explored bits of the Australian coastline are shown and connected into a conjectured shape by dotted lines. The map is decorated with two large cartouches tucked between the spheres. The top cartouche features Father Time and two putti.

References: Pedley #13.

Condition: B+

A fine impression on a strong sheet. There is a light printer's crease at the top and a couple of minor spots of misapplied color and candle wax.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300


Closed on 2/20/2008