"Mappemonde ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre", Chatelain, Henry Abraham
Period: 1708 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Historique…
Color: Hand Color
17.4 x 13.1 inches
44.2 x 33.3 cm
This captivating double hemisphere world map is surrounded by a florid vine pattern with depictions of the sun (based on Kircher), moon (based on Cassini), and a compass rose. The map depicts California as an island with the coastline above stretching nearly to Asia. This map includes a particularly extraordinary version of Terres Australes Inconnues; it is shown across the entire base of the map and is connected to Australia at Terre de Nuyts decouverte l’an 1627. There is no sign of New Zealand or any other Pacific islands. The voyages of Drake, Cavendish, and others are shown, and several ships sail the oceans. The Great Wall is shown in China. Below the map are tables of French text listing the nations of the world and geographic terms.
A crisp impression on a sheet with a Strasburg Lily watermark and a short centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin.