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Auction 125, Lot 50

"Planisphere Representant Toute L'Etendue du Monde dans L'Ordre qu'on suivi dans ce Livre", Elwe, Jan Barend

Subject: World

Period: 1792 (published)


Color: Hand Color

10.6 x 17 inches
26.9 x 43.2 cm

A very interesting and decorative world map on a North Polar projection derived from Jacques Cassini’s projection published in 1696. Because of the projection it depicts some very odd landmasses. In North America a large Northwest Passage bisects the known part of the continent from a huge Terres Inconnues and the island of California is very elongated. Australia extends across 60 degrees so that the eastern shore lies north of New Zealand. The planisphere is supported on the shoulders of the crouching figure of the mythological god, Atlas. This is the second state of this map, originally published as a title page by Renard in 1715 and 1739.

References: McLaughlin #TP12, p. 130.

Condition: A

Sharp impression and original color. Slight soil in the blank margins.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/24/2008