"Mappe Monde ou Carte Generale de l'Univers sur une Projection Nouvelle d'une Sphere Ovale pour Mieux Entendre les Distances Entre l'Europe et Amerique...", Lotter, Mathias Albrecht
Period: 1778 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
37 x 18.8 inches
94 x 47.8 cm
This is the rare first edition of this very large and impressive world map on an oval projection. It is based on D'Anville's wall map of 1761 and was updated to include the recent discoveries of Captain Cook. It delineates the course of Cook's first voyage. In North America, a conjectural River of the West is traced. Greenland appears as a narrow peninsula attached to the rest of the peninsula. Alaschka is a slim finger-like island reaching across the Bering Strait. Terre de la Compagnie is an incomplete coastline to the northeast of I. Jeso. Printed on two joined sheets, as issued.
A nice impression on watermarked paper, issued folding with minor soiling and a couple of printer's creases at bottom right.