"Hemisphere Meridional pour voir Plus Distinctement les Terres Australes", Delisle, Guillaume
Subject: South Pole
Period: 1714 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
18.3 x 17.5 inches
46.5 x 44.5 cm
Delisle's map depicting the Southern Hemisphere shows the tracks of the explorers and circumnavigators around the southern oceans including Magellan in 1520, Abel Tasman in 1642, and Edmund Halley in 1698-1700. The map provides very good detail, particularly of the explorations and discoveries in the South Pacific. Australia, New Guinea, Tasmania, and New Zealand are partially delineated, with Australia and New Guinea nearly attached to one another.
References: Tooley (Australia) p. xxxi, #42.
On watermarked paper with minor offsetting, a few faint spots, and a short archivally repaired centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin.