"Mappe-Monde par le S. Robert de Vaugondy...", Robert de Vaugondy/Delamarche
Period: 1786 (dated)
Publication: Nouvel Atlas Portatif
Color: Hand Color
16.9 x 10.5 inches
42.9 x 26.7 cm
This decorative double hemisphere world map traces the route of Captain Cook, with a note in Hawaii commemorating his death. Just two cities are named in the United States, Boston and New Orleans, and, with the exception of Florida, the entire east coast of the United States is labeled N. Angleterre. To the west is a massive Louisiana Territory, and farther west is Nlle. Navarre, and Californie. The northwest coast of North America is depicted in an odd configuration, and there is a Northwest Passage stretching from the Hudson Bay to Cotes vues par les Russes. A section of Australia's coast is conjectural, and Tasmania appears to be attached to the mainland. New Guinea also has an incomplete coastline. A fragment of coast identified as Terre de la Compagnie appears to the northwest of Japan. The map is decorated with two cartouches tucked between the spheres, engraved by Groux. This is the third state, dated 1786, distinguished by the addition of Cook's route and Delamarche's imprint.
References: Pedley #11.
A nice impression with contemporary outline color. There is light soiling, scattered foxing along the sheet's edges, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation at bottom that enters 2.5" into the image.