"Les Trois Positions de la Sphere Veiies en Convexe Loeil Etant Pose a Distance Infinie du Zenith", Moullart-Sanson, Pierre
Period: 1697 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
12 x 3.8 inches
30.5 x 9.7 cm
These three small hemispheres depict the world from different projections: eastern hemisphere, North Polar hemisphere, and an oblique projection centered on Paris. Although these three hemispheres appear to have been published separately, they are often found on a double-hemisphere world map by Moullart-Sanson, Hemisphere Occidental du Globe Terrestre Contenant l'Amerique, with six small hemispheres below the map, printed from three different plates. Although small, several interesting cartographical inaccuracies can be seen. In the eastern hemisphere, a huge and oddly shaped Caspian Sea appears, as well as a large southern continent. The North Polar projection depicts the island of California and a long coastline that extends between Russia and California. A charming and unusual sheet.
References: Shirley #574.
Original outline color on watermarked paper with light soiling. Remargined at left with old paper.