"Recueil de Cartes pour l'Etude de l'Histoire Ancienne…", Philippe De Pretot, Etienne Andre
Period: 1787 (published)
Color: Hand Color
10 x 12 inches
25.4 x 30.5 cm
This historical atlas includes the 10 original maps of the world known in ancient times, as well as an additional map of modern Asia. Most maps are finely engraved and embellished with decorative title cartouches. The map of the world, Carte de l'Ancien et du Nouveau Monde Suivant une projection nouvelle, shows North America with a bulging coastline above Cap Blanc and a large River of the West connecting Lake Winnipeg with the Pacific. Australia is shown in a rudimentary form with the mainland connected to both Tasmania and New Guinea. Maps not bound in the order called for on the lists of maps, no text. Quarto, half-leather binding with marbled-paper covered boards.
The maps range in condition from very good to satisfactory, with three in original outline color. There is a bit of light toning, some scattered spots, and some minor, short tears. World map has centerfold separation that enters 2" into map image. Boards are badly damaged with part of spine and corners missing.