"[Lot of 6] Mapemonde Planisphere ou Carte Generale du Monde [with] L'Amerique Septentrionale [with] L'Amerique Meridionale [with] L'Asie [and] L'Afrique Selon les Autheurs les plus Modernes [and] L'Europe Selon les Auth. les plus Modernes", La Feuille, Daniel de
Subject: World & Continents
Period: 1705 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
7.5 x 5.5 inches
19.1 x 14 cm
A handsome set of small maps displaying several interesting cartographic myths that were prevalent at the turn of the 18th century. Sizes vary slightly.
1) Mapemonde Planisphere ou Carte Generale du Monde presents the world as a simple double hemisphere showing the island of California, partially mapped Australia and New Zealand and still a good bit of the southern continent labeled Terres Antarctiques.
2) L'Amerique Septentrionale also features the island of California and a prominent Mississippi River with the Rio Bravo ou de Nort (Rio Grande) becoming its tributary just before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico, much too far west. At upper left, a pictorial cartouche displays natives, a serpent and a lizard.
3) L'Amerique Meridionale shows South America with two large, spurious lakes. In the cartouche, natives offer gifts to a European trader while a rather alarming serpent looks on.
4) The map of L'Asia presents a nearly circular Japan with some odd nearby islands and coastlines. The map is topped with a cartouche guarded by a warrior and an elephant.
5) Africa Selon les Autheurs les plus Modernes shows a quite up-to-date Africa flanked with armorial shields for major nations. The decorative cartouche depicts natives smoking and trading.
6) Europa Selon les Auth. les plus Modernes is also flanked by armorial shields for the kingdoms. The cartouche features the mythical Europa riding Zeus in the form of an aquatic bull.
References: Map 2: McLaughlin #147.
Light uneven toning with some fold separations in blank margins that have been professionally repaired.