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Description

Scarce double hemisphere map of the World, published in Augsburg by Thomas Walch.

The map shows a fine early modern depiction of the world, with a more complete New Zealand and Australia, having recently had the vast majority of their coastal features more accurately depicted by modern explorations.

There is still no sign of the lands of hte Antarctic, although lands newly discovered to the east of Tierra del Fuego are now illustrated. The Coastlines of Alaska and the Northwest Coast of America are still quite inaccurate and the interior of Northwestern America does not yet reflect the new discoveries of Lewis & Clark, Pike and Humboldt.

In the Arctic circle, some of the newly discovered coastal information from the British expeditions in search of a Northwest Passage are located.

Two smaller projections of the Northern and Southern hemispheres are shown.

Condition Description
Two lines running from the bottom upward, possibly early ink lines.
Johann Walch Biography

Johann, or Johannes, Walch (1757-1816) was a painter and engraver. He was well-known for painting miniature portraits, having trained in Geneva, Venice, and Rome. Walch published several atlases and sheet maps. As with his atlases, many of Walch’s maps were reprinted after his death.