"Mappemonde ou Description du Globe Terrestre; Dressee sur les Memoires les Plus Nouveaux, et Assujettie aux Observations Astronomiques", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier
Period: 1752 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Universel
Color: Hand Color
27.6 x 18.3 inches
70.1 x 46.5 cm
This is the first state of this lovely and decorative double-hemisphere map. The map shows the tracks of the voyages of Bouvet de Lozier (1738-9) in the Antarctic and of Anson (1740-43) across the Pacific, along with the Manilla - Acapulco route of the Spanish galleons. It was Anson's capture of a richly laden galleon in 1743 that made his expedition so important in the annals of Pacific voyages. Australia is composed of a partial western coastline and a conjectural coastline connected to Tasmania, Terre du S. Esprit, and New Guinea. Terre de Diemen appears both in Tasmania and on the northern coast. In North America there is a note in the Pacific Northwest that the area is not well known. The map is decorated with an elaborate, figural cartouche that was designed by Cochin and engraved by Tardieu. The attribution cartouche at the bottom is flanked by putti and clouds.
References: Pedley #8.
On watermarked paper, backed on linen, with light soiling and an archivally repaired edge tear that extends 1.5" into the image at bottom.