"La Terre Connue lorsque l'Evangile sut Publie", Anon.
Subject: Ancient World
Period: 1740 (published)
Color: Black & White
16.5 x 12.5 inches
41.9 x 31.8 cm
This uncommon map illustrates those parts of the world that were known in ancient times; covering all of Europe, Northern Africa and Central Asia. The ancient regions and cities are named and large rivers and lakes are noted, but there is little other detail. The cartography is up-to-date, rather than on the Ptolemaic model. The inset at upper right is a double hemisphere world showing the contemporary knowledge of the whole world. It features the mythical island of California and large southern continent. Evidence of a plate repair is in the bottom border.
Beautiful, early impression. A few manuscript notations in an old ink hand that blend in with the map and have minimal distraction.