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Decorative map of the world, illustrating all of the best mythical cartographic information of the mid 18th Century. In the NW part of America, the myth of the Sea of the West and wonderful misprojection of the NW Coast of America is still in evidence, relying in part on the pre-Cook Russian Voyages of the 1740s. Nouvelle Holland (Australia) is still shown as attached to New Guinea and Van Diemen's land, forming a curious ephemeral shape characteristic of the mid 18th Century. Only a portion of the New Zealand Coastline is known. No sign of Antarctica, but the Antipodes are still mentioned, as is a mythical landfall by Drake South of Tierra del Fuego. Only a clear NW Pasage is lacking. Decorated by female representations of the 4 continents in the corners of the image and decorative scenes and cartouches top and bottom. Several explorer's tracts shown. From Crepy's scarce Atlas Portatif… published in Paris in the mid-18th Century.