Auction 126, Lot 30

"Mappe-Monde ou Carte Generale de la Terre, Dressee sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences…", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: World

Period: 1717 (dated)

Publication: Introduction a la geographie…

Color: Hand Color

13.3 x 8.9 inches
33.8 x 22.6 cm

Fine double hemispheric copper engraved map that features California as an island. Surrounding the hemispheres are nine medallion portraits of explorers, including La Salle, Tachard, Dampier, Magellan, Drake, Columbus, Vespucci, Marco Polo, and Schouten. The map shows early mapping of North America with the Great Lakes not completely formed. The northeast coast of Asia includes a coastline labeled Roy. de Coree stretching off the map in the direction of North America. Australia and New Zealand are tentatively drawn and named Nouvelle Hollande and Nouv. Zeeland. Shirley says this map may be copied directly from the similar map by Mortier (see Shirley 572), or perhaps the Mortier edition was in fact copied from this map as the dating may be incorrect. This is the third edition, dated 1717.

References: Shirley #601.

Condition: B+

Issued folding, now flattened. A 1" binding tear at left has been professionally repaired and the binding trim has been replaced.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $500

Closed on 12/3/2008