"Mappe-Monde Dressee Suivant les Nouvelles Relations et Assujettie aux Observations Astronomiques", Robert de Vaugondy/Delamarche
Period: 1778 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
29.3 x 18.5 inches
74.4 x 47 cm
This is the interesting fourth state of this attractive double hemisphere world map that was first issued in 1749. The map has been updated with information, particularly in the South Pacific, to the year 1774 as noted in the supplementary cartouche. Australia and New Zealand show the discoveries of Capt. Cook's first voyage. The Pacific Northwest coast of North America shows Buache's theory of a Northwest Passage as well as the Gr. Riviere de l'Ouest (River of the West) nearly connecting to the R. Longue and thus to the Mississippi. The tracks of explorations and trade routes are shown throughout. The large title cartouche, engraved by Arrivet, is draped with a garland of flowers. Published by Fortin.
References: Pedley #6.
Original outline color on watermarked paper with light soiling and a faint damp stain in the lower half of the eastern hemisphere. There are several extraneous creases that have been pressed flat, with professional repairs to a few small holes and separations along the folds.