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Mer De Sud, Ou Pacifique, ... L'Isle De Californie ...

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Mer De Sud, Ou Pacifique, ... L'Isle De Californie ... : P. Mortier

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A magnificent and rare chart of the Pacific vividly demonstrating how little was known, how incorrect much of the detail, based on hearsay and theory was, and how much European knowledge of these parts was to change over the next 100 years. This large scale and important chart was published by Pierre Mortier as part of the series of "new" charts in the "Suite De Neptune Francois" - the atlas of non-European waters added to the nucleus of maps derived from Sanson and Jaillot. Although centred on the vast empty pre-Cook Pacific, Japan and the mythical Company's Land, California as an island with North America, the Caribbean, west coast of South America, Tasman's outlines for New Zealand, Van Diemen's Land and Carpentaria are all well defined and form a border of landmasses. No hint of the supposed great Southern Continent remains. Finely engraved with attractive original wash colour, this is a good example of the largest printed chart of the Pacific to date. Two tiny marginal wormholes otherwise an excellent example.
mapmaker: P. Mortier  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1700
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 600 by 750mm (23.5 by 29.5 inches).
ref: 40264
literature: McLaughlin, California As An Island, map 137. Burden, The Mapping Of North Amer

Price: £ 3400

 
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