Auction 136, Lot 31

"Mappemonde a l'Usage du Roi…", Delisle/Covens & Mortier

Subject: World

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Nouveau

Color: Hand Color

25.8 x 17 inches
65.5 x 43.2 cm

This stunning double hemisphere map of the world shows the routes of numerous explorers, including Magellan (1520), Mendanna (1595), Quiras (1605), Le Maire (1615), Tasman (1642), St. Louis (1708), and Antoine (1710). The Pacific Northwest coast of North America is left blank above Cap Blanc, and Australia and New Zealand are only partially mapped. Above the map is a decorative cartouche featuring the French coat of arms surrounded by allegorical figures representing the four continents. Engraved by J. Condet.

References: McGuirk #82.

Condition: A

Beautifully colored with a short tear in left-hand margin just entering neatline that has been expertly repaired.

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 6/1/2011