Rare late edition of this striking double hemisphere map of the World, with allegorical vignettes of the continents in the corners and 10 astronomical diagrams in panels at sides.
This is a rare late state of the map, with significantly updated information for Austalia, New Zealand and the Northwest Coast of America, incorporating the voyages of La Perouse, Vancouver and others.
Australia and New Zealand reflect updated coastlines, although the shape of New Zealand's 2 islands is quite odd. The map was issued for over 50 years, with regular revisions to the cartographic content.
The map was first issued by Nolin in about 1755 and is one of the most enduring world maps of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. We are aware of editions dated 1755, 1759, 1777, 1782, 1792, 1796 ( Ans 3), 1808, 1811 and 1817.
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.