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Auction 190, Lot 14

"Essay d'une Carte Reduite Contenant les Parties Connuees du Globe Terrestre", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1748 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

27.5 x 19.7 inches
69.9 x 50 cm
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Early issue of this fine large world chart on Mercator's projection decorated with a large title cartouche and two compass roses. North America is shown with a very pronounced River of the West connecting through a series of rivers and lakes from Lake Superior to the Pacific - representing the elusive Northwest Passage. The Russian discoveries in the North Pacific are not yet shown, although there is a note about the voyages of 1743. Australia is labeled Nouvelle Hollande with Terre de Diemen and Nouv. Guinee both linked to the mainland by conjectural coastlines. New Zealand is only partially formed, and there are numerous islands in the Pacific.


Condition: B+

Issued folding on paper with a Maltese cross encircled in rosary beads watermark. There is some minor printer's ink residue and several short fold separations that have been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $800

Closed on 11/16/2022