"Hemisphere Occidental ou du Nouveau Monde [together with] Hemisphere Oriental ou de l'Ancien Monde",
Period: 1761 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
23.5 x 25.2 inches
59.7 x 64 cm
Pair of large hemisphere maps filled with detail. Jean Baptiste Bourguinon d'Anville, geographer to King Louis XIV, was among the most respected cartographers of his day. He was an early advocate of leaving blank spaces on map where knowledge was insufficient. In the Western Hemisphere the northwest coast of North America is largely blank except for references to the supposed discoveries of Admiral de Fonte. A dotted line depicts the "R. courant a l'Ouest" connecting to Lake Winnipeg. The Russian discoveries are shown with a group of islands making up what is today Alaska. The newly discovered islands in the Pacific are carefully noted including the two islands of New Zealand. In the Eastern Hemisphere, Australia is only partially mapped with "Terre de Diemen" shown as possibly attached to the mainland. New Guinae is also incomplete with several notations concerning the recent discoveries there. On strong thick paper, foxing in margins with just a bit affecting the map and minor fold separations.