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Early Map of the Pacific Ocean

Old color example of Reiner and Joshua Ottens' map of the Pacific Ocean, first issued by Frederick De Wit, circa 1675.

The map shows California as an Island and important early projections of Australia and New Zealand, showing information from Tasman's two voyages in 1642-3 and 1644. The early discoveries by the Dutch on the northern coast of Australia and New Guinea reflect the prevailing opinion that the two were connected. Van Diemens Land is shown, as is the west coast of New Zealand.

Decorated with 4 sailing ships, compass rose, rhumb lines and a striking cartouche, with Magellan's portrait. One of the best Pacific Ocean Maps of the period.

Condition Description
Old Color. Minor marginal toning from a prior mat.