"Hemisphere Occidental ou du Nouveau Monde Publie sous les auspices de Monseigneur Louis Philippe Duc d'Orleans, Premier Prince du Sang", Anville, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1761 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
23.5 x 25.5 inches
59.7 x 64.8 cm
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 Lake Winnipeg with the Pacific. The Russian discoveries are shown with a rough outline of Alaska. The newly discovered islands in the Pacific are carefully noted including the two islands of New Zealand.
On strong thick paper with a couple of light spots of foxing. Marginal tear and old repair at fold intersection that should be replaced.