1822 The World on Mercator’s Projection
By: Richard Holmes Laurie
Date: 1822 (dated) London
Dimensions: 18.6 x 11.8 inches (47.3 x 30 cm)
This is a charming, early 19th century pocket map of the world based on Mercator’s projection. Both poles are included with the Antarctic shown to lack any land, but is described as “southern icy ocean.” In the northern poles, the possibilities of both a northwest and northeast passage are promoted especially with an open ended Barrow’s Strait. America extends only as far west as the Louisiana Purchase and reaches as far north as the 43rd degree latitude and encompasses all of Texas. Much of Africa is left blank or uncharted and shows only three political delineations. Australia is near evenly divided as New Holland and New South Wales. This pocket map folds nice and evenly into grey cardboard covers.
Condition: Map is in B+ condition with Dissected and backed with linen with some light toning and a few faint ink notations around the compass. Covers show light wear and staining.
Inventory # 18435
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