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Scarce two sheet map of the World, showing the tracts of Cooks three voyages, each of which is color coded. Includes dates of significant observations from Cook's journals. Excellent detail in the Pacific, Oceana, Southeast Asia and along the NW Coast of America. Includes annotations. The mapmaker avoids showing a definitive NW Passage, one of the few maps to show such restraint. Schraembl's world map is quite scarce, with only one other example offered in a dealer catalogue in the past 20 years. A nice unjoined example, each sheet with a single fold where bound into an immense atlas.

Franz Anton Schraembl Biography

Schraembl was born and worked in Vienna, where he was a mapmaker in the latter half of the eighteenth century. He began his business in 1787, partnering with Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly. He is best known for his large format atlas, the Allgemeiner Grosser Atlas. The atlas was finished in 1800, after twenty years of compilation and composition--it was the first Austrian world atlas. While a notable work, the atlas did not sell well, plunging Schraembl into financial difficulty. In response, Schraembl expanded his offerings to include literature and art. Upon his death, Schraembl's firm was taken over by his widow, Johanna, and her brother, Karl Robert Schindelmayer. From 1825, it was run by Franz Anton's son, Eduard.