"Le Tour du Monde en un Clin d'Oeil",
Period: 1876 (dated)
Publication: Le Monde Illustre
Color: Black & White
38.8 x 25.5 inches
98.6 x 64.8 cm
This remarkable, large-format map was drawn by M.M. Scott and Daniel Vierge, and finely engraved by Fortune Meaulle. It was published as a supplement to the January 1, 1876 issue of Le Monde Illustre, and shows much of the northern hemisphere as if viewed from space. Geographically, the map covers the area from the Equator to the North Pole, and from the western coast of North America to India and Bangladesh. The North Pole is shown as an open ocean and labeled "Mer Libre" with explorer names surrounding it - a clear reference to the quest for the Northwest Passage. The continents show inhabitants in their local dress, and native plants and animals are also depicted. Flanking the map are a number of vignettes including gold mining, oil wells, buffaloes, Niagara Falls, Chicago, a Hindu cremation, and more. Beneath the map are an incredible 79 costumed figures numbered to a key. Completing the composition are the flags of 22 nations at left and right.
References: Rumsey #8030.
Issued folding with a few short splits along the folds, including one that enters the costumed figure key at bottom. There are a few light spots in the map image and minor extraneous creasing around the "Le Monde Illustre" cartouche at bottom. In the blank margins there is light soiling and an edge tear at top.