Rare Picture-Frame Style Border
"Mappe-Monde, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations de Messrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, etc. Augmentees de Nouveau", Aa, Pieter van der
Period: 1720 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
16.3 x 13.3 inches
41.4 x 33.8 cm
Vignettes symbolizing the four continents fill the corners of this uncommon, double hemispheric world map. The map illustrates the routes of several sixteenth century explorers in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, including Magellan, Tasman, Chevalier de Chermont, Mendana and others. The western coastline of New Zealand is illustrated, along with parts of Australia and Tasmania. The entire northwest coast of North America is blank above the peninsular California. There is a remnant of the coastline that suggested a connection between North America and Asia on earlier maps; here with a notation concerning the discoveries of Vasco de Gama. The eastern coast of Asia is truncated and a huge Terre d'Yeco forms the northern part of Japan. The title cartouche at top is balanced with an advertisement cartouche at bottom. The map is enclosed in a superb picture-frame style border, printed from a separate plate.
A fine impression, issued folding and now pressed on watermarked paper with a vertical printer's crease near center of map. The binding trim at left has been professionally replaced with old paper to accommodate framing.