"Mappe-Monde Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie, relativement aux Auteurs les plus Modernes", Brion de la Tour, Louis
Period: 1786 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
10.5 x 9.2 inches
26.7 x 23.4 cm
This decorative double hemisphere map features a prominent Sea of the West (Mer de l'Ouest) and a Northwest Passage in North America. Australia has a conjectural shape that incorporates Tasmania and New Guinea into the mainland. The title and dedication cartouches are tucked between the cusps with the hemispheres supported on the shoulders of giants. The map is flanked by text panels pasted at sides, overall 19 x 11".
The lower centerfold is repaired with framer's tape on verso, and there are some marginal stains and foxing in the text, not affecting the map. Hinge remnants on verso.