"[Lot of 2] Nieuwe Kaart van het Westelykste Deel der Weereld... [and] Nieuwe Kaart van het Oostelykste Deel der Weereld...", Tirion, Isaac
Period: 1754-55 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
14.3 x 13.6 inches
36.3 x 34.5 cm
This pair of attractive maps covers the world. The map of the Americas displays a speculative River of the West through North America, beginning at the Great Lakes and emptying into the Pacific at about 50° N. latitude. The entire western part of North America is virtually blank. The northwest coastline is delineated by a dotted line terminating with a notation concerning the Russian explorations in 1743 in the region of Alaska, with a nearby coast of Asia. The map of the Eastern Hemisphere provides an excellent view of the still evolving cartography in the Far East. The depiction of East Asia includes an extended landmass beyond the Kamchatka Peninsula, as well as the outdated ideas of Kompagnies Land and Land Jeso. The islands of the Philippines and Indonesia are not well shaped, and Australia is a very odd shape that incorporates New Guinea with most of the southern and eastern coastlines shown as dotted lines. The interior of Africa is mostly blank with the Nile's source correctly located. Both maps are decorated with compass roses and simple title blocks.
Issued folding and now flattened on watermarked paper. Pristine.