"Essay d'une Carte Reduite, Contenant les Parties Connuees du Globe Terrestre", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1748 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
27.7 x 19.7 inches
70.4 x 50 cm
A very large world chart on Mercator's projection. North America is shown with a "Fl. de l'Ouest" connecting through a series of rivers and lakes from Lake Superior to the Pacific. The Russian discoveries in the North Pacific show Alaska as an island (I. Unamak). Australia is shown as "Nouvelle Hollande" with "Terre de Diemen" linked to the mainland. New Zealand and the Solomon Islands appear in the Pacific. Large, decorative title cartouche and two fine compass roses with rhumb lines make this a very attractive chart. While dated 1748, there is a notation dated 1774, and the geography indicates a publish date of circa 1775.