"Versuch von einer Kurzgefassten Karte welche die Bekannten Theile der Erdkugel Enthaelt", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1748 (dated)
Publication: Allgemeine Historie der Reisen…
Color: Hand Color
27.5 x 19.3 inches
69.9 x 49 cm
This is an uncommon German version of Bellin's popular world map (Essay d'une Carte Reduite Contenant les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre …), which was published at the same time as the French version. It is presented on Mercator's projection with two fine compass roses orienting the chart. North America is shown with a very pronounced River of the West connecting through a series of rivers and lakes from Lake Superior to the Pacific - representing the elusive Northwest Passage. A portion of the Asian coastline is depicted a short distance from the supposed western coast. The Russian discoveries in the North Pacific are not yet shown, although there is a note about the voyages of 1743. Able Tasman's new discoveries in New Zealand and Australia are shown. Australia is labeled Neu Holland with Neu Guinee linked to the mainland by the Carpentier coastline. Diemens Land, also labeled I. Tasmand, is connected to the mainland by conjectural dotted lines.
Issued folded, now flattened. A fine example with just a hint of toning above the cartouche.