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Mare Del Sud Detto Altrimenti Mare Pacifico ...

Mare Del Sud Detto Altrimenti Mare Pacifico ... : V. M. Coronelli

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Vincenzo Coronelli's map is undoubtedly one of the most decorative of the Pacific. The chart shows California as an island and summarises the extent, and lack, of European knowledge of this vast ocean at the turn of the century. The New World coasts are shown with some accuracy as far north as Mexico, and the landfalls of Tasman, with the southern part of Van Dieman's Land and the west coast of New Zealand, are also given. Earlier Dutch discoveries in Carpentaria and along part of the New Guinea coast appear in addition. However, the good outline for Japan is dwarfed by the large supposed landmass in the north Pacific, itself balanced by the remnant surmised Great Southern Continent. In between these two depicted landmasses are vast unknown tracts of sea with a handful of islands discovered earlier in the century and the tracks of the explorer Le Maire. A very attractive example of this great map.
mapmaker: V. M. Coronelli  
place and date of publication: Venice c.1690
medium and colour: Copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 445 by 595mm (17.5 by 23.5 inches).
ref: 40195

Price: £ 2200

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