"La Geographie Royalle Figure du Monde", Berey, Nicolas I
Period: 1667 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
7.8 x 5.2 inches
19.8 x 13.2 cm
This attractive double-hemisphere world map depicts the large mythical continent of Terra Australis across the southern portion of the map, incorporating New Guinea. The northwest coast of North America is greatly exaggerated with the Anian R depicted just below the Arctic Circle and California is shown in insular form. Virginia, Florida and Norombega are located along the east coast and the Great Lakes are entirely omitted. The fabled golden city of Manoa is located on the mythical and unnamed Lake Parime in South America. In Asia, the eastern coastline is truncated and Korea is noted as an island (though it appears to be peninsular). The map is decorated in the cusps by a fleur-de-lis and sun containing the word Jehovah in Hebrew. Drawn by H. Picart.
A nice impression with minor soiling and archival repairs to a few small holes in the blank margins, including one that enters the text at bottom.