"Mappe-Monde Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie, relativement aux Auteurs les plus Modernes", Brion de la Tour/Desnos
Period: 1766 (dated)
Publication: Atlas General Methodique et Elementaire
Color: Hand Color
20 x 14.5 inches
50.8 x 36.8 cm
Very decorative double-hemisphere map from one of the most decorative late 18th century French atlases. The map (10 x 9") features the Sea of the West and a Northwest Passage in North America, and a conjectural shape for Australia. The title and dedication cartouches are tucked between the cusps; the hemispheres are supported on the shoulders of two men. Panels of French text flank the map and the whole is surrounded by an elaborately engraved border with scenes of cherubs studying geography, both top and bottom. The map and border were printed from two separate plates and then assembled with the text panels for the atlas.
There is damage along the top centerfold extending just into the title with some minor paper loss. It is closed on verso with archival tape. The fold is also faintly toned and there are a couple minor spots in the wide blank margins.