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Description

Striking double hemisphere map of the World, with allegorical vignettes of the continents in the corners and 10 astronomical diagrams in panels at sides.

The map was issued shortly after the final voyage of Captain James Cook and shows the tracks of Cook's 3 Voyages, along with several other voyages. Hawaii appears on the map for the first time, having been added along with a still quite fanciful view of the Northwest Coast of America, although the Bay of the West is no longer shown.

Australia and New Zealand reflect updated coastlines, although the shape of New Zeland's 2 islands is quite odd and Austraila is truncated at the east, with what appears to be a small part of its northeastern coastline shown to the west of New Caledonia in the Western Hemisphere.

The map is dated Ans 3, which is the third year of the French Revolution.

Louis Denis Biography

Louis Denis (1725-1794) was a French geographer and cartographer best known for his incomplete road atlas of France, Le Conducteur français. Originally trained as an engraver, he partnered with Louis-Charles Desnos to create and edit maps. Later, Denis served as geography tutor to the children of the French royal family. His pupils included the Duc de Berry, the future Louis XVI.