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Fine example of Pierre Mortier's map of the Pacific, which appeared in later editions of the Neptune Francois.

This fine map of the Pacific was drawn from previously unpublished manuscript maps collected by the Portuguese crown and secreted away in Portuguese archives.

The map shows the Island of California with indented northern coast using the information from Luke Foxe's map of the region with bays on the northern coast, an array of islands in the Mer Vermeio, and the large Agabela de Gato peninsula shown in the Pacific Northwest. Covering nearly all of North America and a good deal of South America. Destroit d'Anian to north. Agabela de Gato is less pronounced peninsula than seen on other maps.

In the South Pacific, the map shows a very larger format treatment of the east Coast of New Zealand and a fine early account of the known coastlines of Australia and New Guinea, along with Antoni van Diemens Land, including approximately 11 place names in Van Dieman's land.

A fine example, with exceptional old color.

Pierre Mortier Biography

Pierre, or Pieter, Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch engraver, son of a French refugee. He was born in Leiden. In 1690 he was granted a privilege to publish French maps in Dutch lands. In 1693 he released the first and accompanying volume of the Neptune Francois. The third followed in 1700. His son, Cornelis (1699-1783), would partner with Johannes Covens I, creating one of the most important map publishing companies of the eighteenth century.