Auction 139, Lot 39

"Mappemonde ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: World

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Historique…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.5 x 13.3 inches
44.5 x 33.8 cm

This captivating double hemisphere world map is surrounded by a florid vine pattern with depictions of the sun, moon and a compass rose. The map has California as an island with the coastline above stretching nearly to Asia. This map includes a particularly extraordinary version of Terres Australes Inconnues; it is shown across the entire base of the map and is connected to Australia at Terre de Nuyts. There is no sign of New Zealand, or any other Pacific islands. The voyages of Drake, Cavendish, and others are shown and several ships sail the oceans. The Great Wall is shown in China. Below the map are tables of French text listing the nations of the world and geographic terms.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/15/2012

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