Auction 137, Lot 39

"Planisphere Representant Toute l'Etendue du Monde…", Renard, Louis

Subject: World

Period: 1715 (circa)


Color: Black & White

10.6 x 17 inches
26.9 x 43.2 cm

This is the scarce first state of the very interesting and decorative world map on a North Polar projection derived from Jacques Cassini's projection published in 1696. Because of the projection it depicts some very odd landmasses. In North America a large Northwest Passage bisects the known part of the continent from a huge Terres Inconnues and the island of California is very elongated. Australia extends across sixty degrees so that the eastern shore lies north of New Zealand. The planisphere is supported on the shoulders of the crouching figure of the mythological god, Atlas.

References: McLaughlin #TP-12, p. 130.

Condition: A

A few very small, barely visible spots, and slight soil in blank margins.

Estimate: $700 - $1,000

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/14/2011