"Mappe-Monde, Suivant les Nouvelles Observtions de Messrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, etc. Augmentees de Nouveau", Aa, Pieter van der
Period: 1715 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
11.9 x 8.9 inches
30.2 x 22.6 cm
Vignettes symbolizing the four continents fill the corners of this uncommon, double hemispheric world map. The map illustrates the routes of several sixteenth century explorers in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, including Magellan, Tasman, Chevalier de Chermont, Mendana and others. The western coastline of New Zealand is illustrated, along with parts of Australia and Tasmania. The entire northwest coast of North America is blank above the peninsular California. There is a remnant of the coastline that suggested a connection between North America and Asia on earlier maps; here with a notation concerning the discoveries of Vasco de Gamma. The eastern coast of Asia is truncated and a huge Terre d'Yeco forms the northern part of Japan. The title cartouche at top is balanced with an advertisement cartouche at bottom.
There is some soil in blank margins, not affecting the map.