Thematic Map Showing Religions Around the World
"Mappe Monde Suivant la Projection des Cartes Reduites", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier
Period: 1778 (dated)
Publication: Nouvel Atlas Portatif
Color: Hand Color
15.5 x 9.5 inches
39.4 x 24.1 cm
This is the second state of the boldly engraved world map drawn on Mercator's projection. Most of the northwest in North America is blank except for a notation and hint of the possible Northwest Passage and apocryphal discoveries of Admiral de Fonte. The island of Tasmania is connected to Australia and the coastline of eastern Australia is indistinctly drawn, and only the western coast of New Zealand is defined. This interesting map was presented in three thematic versions in the atlas with outline color to show religion, skin color, and "human shape" as given in the legend at top. This version depicts the divisions according to religion. The map was negraved by E. Dussy and the cartouche by Groux.
References: Pedley #15, McGuirk #106.
Original outline color with later color in the cartouche. Very minor marginal soiling.