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Nicolas De Fer:  Mappe-Monde, ou Carte Generale De La Terre, Divisee En Deux Hemispheres . . . 1705 [Wall Map]

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Title: Mappe-Monde, ou Carte Generale De La Terre, Divisee En Deux Hemispheres . . . 1705 [Wall Map]

Map Maker: Nicolas De Fer

Place / Date: Paris / 1705 (1717)

Coloring: Outline Color

Size: 27 x 17 inches

Condition: VG

Price: SOLD

Inventory ID: 21147


Nice example of De Fer's wall map of the world, first published in 1700.  The text notes that the map is a reduction of De Fer's 4 sheet wall map of the world, first issued in 1695. De Fer states that this map is the first map to be prepared based upon the astronomical observations of the Royal Academy of Sciences. In fact, it would appear that different sources entirely have been consulted for California, Japan and Australia.

Australia is shown as substantially incomplete and still attached to new Guinea. New Zealand appears in partial outline. The conjectural land bridge from Asia to America is still in evidence. The Mississippi River has its confluence with the Gulf of Mexico considerably west of its true course, based upon La Salle's eroneous reports. There are many more place names on this 2 sheet edition of the wall map. The scientific comentary is quite remarkable and detailed.

Engraved by Van Loon, the map includes vignettes show thunder, lightening, tempests and tides, volcanoes, etc. Celestial observations are shown at the top. Shirley classifies the maps as "R" (rare).

References: Shirley (#600).

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Maps of the World

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