"Mappe-Monde ou Carte Generale du Globe Terrestre Representee en Deux Plan-Hemispheres…", Sanson, Nicolas
Period: 1743 (published)
Publication: Pufendorf's L'Histoire Generale et Political, de l'Universe
Color: Hand Color
6.5 x 5.8 inches
16.5 x 14.7 cm
This uncommon double hemisphere map is beautifully decorated with clouds at the top and allegorical representations of the continents along the bottom. The graceful banner-style title cartouche attributes the geography to Sanson. California is shown as an island, the Great Lakes do not yet appear but there is a large St. Lawrence River, Terre de Iesso stretches between Asia and North America, there is a bit of Il. Zelande near and almost connecting to the large T. Magellanique Aust. et Incongneve, and Australia (Nouv. Hollande) is only partly mapped. This is a smaller version of a map by Jan Luyts (Shirley #553).
See also lot 830 for Rodney Shirley's excellent reference work, The Mapping of the World, which discusses this map.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.PUF-2b #2; Shirley #551 (Corrigenda and Addenda).
A dark impression, issued folding, now pressed, with a faint dampstain in bottom right corner.