"Mapemonde Planisphere ou Carte Generale du Monde", Martineau de Plessis, Denis
Period: 1700 (circa)
Publication: Nouvelle Geographie ou Description Exacte de l'Univers…
Color: Hand Color
8.3 x 4.9 inches
21.1 x 12.4 cm
This small map displays several interesting cartographic myths that were prevalent at the turn of the 18th century. The western hemisphere presents the island of California and a partial outline of Ter de Iesso (Hokkaido) that reaches almost to North America. Australia, New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific are partially mapped and misshapen, and there is still a huge southern continent labeled Terres Antarctiques. Engraved by M. Demasso.
References: Shirley #607.
Issued folding on watermarked paper with full contemporary color. There is faint offsetting and hinge tape in the top corners on verso.