Auction 171, Lot 731

"Australien (Sudland) auch Polynesien oder Inselwelt, Insgemein der Funfte Welttheil...", Walch, Johannes

Subject: South Pacific Ocean, Australia

Period: 1802 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.7 x 18.7 inches
60.2 x 47.5 cm

This German map of the South Pacific Ocean features the tracks of numerous explorers, including Cook, Tasman, Marshall, Byron, Wallace, Bougainville, and more. There is excellent detail of place names along the coastline of Australia and New Zealand, and numerous tiny islands are named as far east as French Polynesia. New Zealand is labeled by its Maori names. New Guinea is still presented in a very rudimentary shape. This map was revised and republished in 1820, 1824, and 1826. This is the first edition.

References: Tooley (Australia) #1309.

Condition: B+

Contemporary color on watermarked paper with light soiling, some chalk residue in the title cartouche, and toning along the edges of the sheet. There are old paper repairs to three small worm holes in the image and a short centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin. There are remnants of hinge tape along the top edge of the sheet on verso.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $475

Closed on 2/6/2019