"Mappe-Monde Dressee sur les Observations…", Delisle, Guillaume
Period: 1700 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Geographique et Universel
Color: Hand Color
26 x 16.5 inches
66 x 41.9 cm
This first edition of this large double hemisphere map illustrates this famous French cartographer's crisp, elegant style. The title cartouche is centered on the French royal coat of arms and allegorical female representations of the four continents. Another cartouche contains Delisle's imprint with his early address at Rue des Canettes. The map is up-to-date for the period with the most recent exploration routes noted, including those of Tasman and Dampier. The Pacific Northwest coast of North America is left blank above C. Mendocin. New Guinea is shown attached to the partially mapped Australia (Nouvelle Holland), and a partial coast of New Zealand is depicted.
The margins and centerfold have been reinforced with paper on the verso. There are a couple creases and a spot of candle wax on the upper neatline.