"Mappe-Monde Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie, Relativement aux Auteurs les Plus Modernes...", Brion de la Tour/Desnos
Period: 1790 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
12.5 x 10.9 inches
31.8 x 27.7 cm
This decorative double-hemisphere map was updated with the new astronomical observations of Chirikof and Delisle. The map features the Sea of the West and a Northwest Passage in North America, and a conjectural shape for Australia incorporates Tasmania and New Guinea into the mainland. The title and dedication cartouches are tucked between the cusps, and the hemispheres are supported on the shoulders of two men. The map is surrounded in a rococo-style border.
References: McGuirk #128.
Contemporary color on a clean sheet. There is a small cut in the lower left blank margin that has been closed on verso with archival tape.