Auction 97, Lot 25

"Mappe-Monde Dressee sur les observations de Mr.s de l'Academie Royale des Sciences et quelques autres et sur les memoires les plus recens", Schenk, Pierre

Subject: World

Period: 1708 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.2 x 17.5 inches
58.9 x 44.5 cm

Schenk copied this important double hemisphere map from a map of 1700 by the great French cartographer Guillaume Delisle. On his map, Delisle was one of the first cartographers to correctly extend the length of the Mediterranean and to once again portray California as a peninsula. Among the features still incorrectly mapped are New Guinea linked with Australia and Japan linked to the conjectural "Terre de Yeso". The tracks of major explorations are charted in the oceans. The elegantly engraved title cartouche (uncolored) features female representations of the continents balanced by a ribbon-style banner. Schenk's imprint occupies the cartouche at bottom.

References: Shirley #603.

Condition: B

Very strong impression. Original color with oxidation of green color. A few scattered spots in image. Backed with Japanese tissue to reinforce the oxidized areas.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,200


Closed on 12/5/2001