"Mappemonde ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre", Chatelain, Henry Abraham
Period: 1720 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Historique...
Color: Hand Color
17.3 x 13.1 inches
43.9 x 33.3 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 depicts 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 decouverte l’an 1627. 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.
A clean and bright example with a crisp impression on watermarked paper. There is minor toning along the edges of the sheet.