"Mappe-Monde ou Description du Globe Terrestre, Assujettie aux Observations Astronomiques", Janvier/Lattre
Period: 1762 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Moderne
Color: Hand Color
17.8 x 11.8 inches
45.2 x 30 cm
This is an early edition of this charming double hemisphere map. In North America there is a distinct Northwest Passage connecting Hudson Bay with the large Sea of the West and the Pacific. Alaska is shown in dotted outline as an extremely lengthy peninsula based on the Russian discoveries of Bering and Tschirikow. Australia is shown attached to both Tasmania and New Guinea with a conjectural eastern coastline incorporating Terre du S. Espirit (New Hebrides). The place name Terre de Diemen is shown twice, in Tasmania and in Arnhem Land in the region of today's Darwin. New Zealand is shown as just a little scribble of coastline in the South Pacific.
References: McGuirk #107; Perry & Prescott #1762.01
On watermarked paper with light soiling and professional repairs to a couple worm tracks in the top blank margin and some small chips and tears along the edges of the sheet.