MAPPE-MONDE OU CARTE GENERALE DE LA TERRE, DRESSE SUR LES OBSERVATIONS DE MRS. DE L'ACADEMIE ROYALE DES SCIENCES.

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Nicolas de Fer


Mappe-Monde ou Carte Generale de la Terre, Dresse Sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences.

Engraving, 1700
Image size 8 3/4 x 13 1/4" (22.5 x 33.5 cm) plus margins.
Good condition. Original outline color.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93530
Price: SOLD
Publisher : Published in Paris.
Early 18th century world map, from Nicolas de Fer’s ‘Atlas Curieux ou de Monde.’ De Fer was an official geographer for the kings of Spain and France, and one of the most prolific map publishers of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, although many of his maps were drawn with a focus on artistry rather than geographic accuracy. This particular map shows the world in two hemispheres, labeling the oceans and continents, as well as key regions and cities within them. Portraits of famous explorers surround the map, including Columbus, Magellan, Dampierre, Vespucci, and Marco Polo.

Some regions appear misshapen or inaccurately drawn, such as India and South America, and many interesting 18th-century theories about geography are visible in this map. California is depicted as an island, and no land is drawn at the South Pole where the Terra Australis landmass was speculated to exist.
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