"Nouvelle Mappemonde avec les Dernieres Decouvertes et les Voyages des Plus Celebres Voyageurs", Molini, Giuseppe
Period: 1807 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
25.2 x 13.4 inches
64 x 34 cm
This rare double-hemispheric world map is displayed on an unusual projection, with the North Pole and South Pole falling about a third of the way down or up on the Paris Meridian Line. The seas are filled with the tracks of various explorers including the Polo family, Pigafetta/Magellan, Cook, and Vancouver. Cartographically, the Sea of the West makes a very late appearance on a map allowing for a clear Northwest Passage, and Tasmania is still connected to Australia. On a full sheet with a panel of French text measuring 28.4 x 22.3".
References: McGuirk #237.
A nice impression with full contemporary color and remnants of framing tape along the top edge of the sheet on verso. There is light toning and soiling along the edges of the sheet, which are untrimmed.