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17th Century French Antique Map of the World

Striking double hemisphere map of the World, in the style popularized by Sanson.

The map is one of the earliest to depict the Dutch discoveries in the Western part of Australia (Nouvelle Holande), including 8 place names, several of which are curiously French names.

The map includes California as an island, curious Terra De Iesso land bridge to Asia, and a number of other mythical features.

New Zealand still attached to Terres Australes et Inconnues (the unknown southern continent), narrow Straits of Magellan and Le Maire Strait and a host of other cartographic anomalies.

Two compass roses and other embellishments.