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Auction 155, Lot 688

Superb Map of the Pacific Showing the Island of California

"Mare del Sud, detto Altrimenti Mare Pacifico...", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria

Subject: Pacific Ocean

Period: 1697 (circa)

Publication: Atlante Veneto

Color: Black & White

23.8 x 17.7 inches
60.5 x 45 cm

This splendid map of the Pacific Ocean shows most of the coastlines of the Americas and the partially-known islands off the eastern coast of Asia. California is presented as a large island in the Foxe form. Isola del Giapone (Japan) is shown only 50 degrees from the California coast with the imaginary island of Terra de Iesso depicted as a large landmass between Asia and North America. A portion of the coastline of New Zealand is shown with the discoveries of Able Tasman, and hinting that it may be part of the great southern continent. A little of Tasmania appears as Terra d'Antonio Diemens and a partial coastline of Australia is shown blending into New Guinea. A notation below the equator states that the Spanish crossed the central Pacific from New Spain to the Philippines in sixty days. The route of Dutchmen, Jacob le Maire and Willem Cornelisz Schouten, through the South Pacific is traced. This important voyage (1615-17) opened a new shipping route from the Atlantic to the Pacific and proved that Tierra de Fuego was an island and not a part of some massive southern continent. The map is adorned with a cartouche featuring aquatic putti surrounding a large shell filled with pearls and coral. The map is dedicated to Cavalier Giulio Giustinian with the arms of the Holy Roman Empire.

References: Burden #680; McLaughlin #104; Tooley (AUS) p. 48, #350; Tooley (AMER) p.125, #58.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on watermarked paper with minor toning along the centerfold, faint damp stains along the centerfold at top and bottom of the map, and a small hole in bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 11/18/2015