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Pierre Mortier:  Carte Generale du Monde, ou Description du Monde Terrestre & Aquatique…

Maps of the World

Title: Carte Generale du Monde, ou Description du Monde Terrestre & Aquatique…

Map Maker: Pierre Mortier

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1698

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 18.5 x 16 inches

Condition: VG

Price: SOLD

Inventory ID: 6507

Description: Striking example of Mortier's map of the World, showing California as an island. The 5 additional spheres illustrate night and day; the earth without water; the phases of the moon, and the eastern and western hemispheres. The American portion of the map is almost portolan style in its location of place names. The map is rich with cartographic misconceptions. California is an island, there is a wonderful wide Northwest Pasage and Northeast Passage, the straits of Anian are shown, along with a strait of land coming from Asia in the Terra Iesso style. New Zealand is partially mapped, as is Australia. The Great Lakes are incomplete and Nova Zembla is an island. A marvelous compendium of 17th Century Cartographic knowledge if gorgeous color. Two minor wax spots in the lower left and right corners, eles a near fine example. Normally a $1900.00 map. Shirley 622.

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