Attractive example of J.B. Nolin's map of the World, with 10 different hemisphereic projections.
The map shows California as an Island, no northwest coast of America, and incomplete coastlines or New Zealand and Australia. The mythical Terres Australes et Inconnues is still shown.
The present map was first issued in 1690, with the date in the title and areas between the two hemispheres at the center left blank, with Nolin's address given as "Quay de l'Horologe des Palais proche la Rue de Harlay a l'Enseigne de la Place Des Victoires." This second edition includes a different address ". . . proche la Pont-Neuf. . . " and includes a dedication to Louis Phelippeaux De Pontchartrin, Chancelier de France".
Jean Baptiste Nolin (c.1657-1708) was the leading French cartographer of the late sixteenth-century. Fulfilling various royal commissions for Louis XIV, Nolin had privileged access to official French geographical sources. He notably maintained a close and highly lucrative association with the great Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli.