This is one of the most graphic 18th century world maps. The bold engraving style follows Carel Allard's map of 1696 with the central twin hemisphere map surrounded by several smaller maps on various projections. The island of California is depicted five times on the sheet. In Asia, Japan is shown in a bizarre shape that incorporates a huge Terra Yedso (Hokkaido). The coastlines of Australia and New Zealand are beginning to take shape, and New Guinea is shown twice - once in each hemisphere. The map is filled with detail including the tracks of several explorers. A richly engraved background of clouds with numerous wind heads, lesser spheres and two cartouches complete the stunning composition.
A sharp impression with full contemporary color on a bright sheet that has been professionally deacidified. There are professional repairs to a long centerfold separation, several short edge tears, and some chips along the sides of the sheet, with a small amount of image skillfully replaced in facsimile. Remargined at bottom to accommodate framing.