1775 Mappe-Monde ou Description du Globe Terrestre
By: Jean Janvier
Date: 1775 (dated).
Dimensions: 17.75 x 12 inches (45 x 30.5 cm).
This is an impressive French made map of the world is drawn within a double hemisphere projection. The map displays a time when much of the world had been discovered and mapped yet many areas are drawn with a lack of detail and much speculation. Both Australia and the northwest portion of North America are nearly completely blank and mapped with speculative coastlines. Alaska is completely absent except for an archipelago representative of the Aleutian islands from reports of Russian explorers. Terre de Gama and Terre de la Company appear northeast of Hokkaido. These lands were supposedly discovered in the 1600s but were deemed to not exist after voyages by Captain Bering and later Captain Cook reported their total absence. The Hawaiian Islands have yet to find their way on the map (they appear in this same map in the 1780s) but Easter Island is recognized in the southeastern Pacific. Both hemispheres are crowned with a Baroque style title cartouche popular amongst maps from this period.
Condition: Map is in A condition with some paper toning along the centerfold and along the edges. Map boasts fine original coloring throughout.
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