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Mappemonde Ou Carte Generale De L'Univers ...

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Mappemonde Ou Carte Generale De L'Univers ... : J.M. Probst

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A fascinating and unusual map printed on two sheets joined. A rare map of the whole world on an oval projection copied from one by fellow Augsburg mapmaker Tobias Lotter, of the same year. This map is interesting in comparison as, at first glance, it appears to be a reissue of the same plate but, on close examination, reveals itself as a new engraving with interesting differences. Jean Michael Probst has copied Lotter's detail but added a decorative title cartouche which simply overrides the original's outlines, tracks and nomenclature. He has added decorative windhead features in each corner and also made significant additions to the map detail. A note and detail of James Cook's death on Hawaii is present, the name "Terres Australes" appears across N** Hollande and the note "decouv en 1770" is present by N.Galles. The North American Pacific coastline is reformed north of Cape Blanco and Dark I. appears off Alaska. This is an important map for Cook enthusiasts, featuring the tracks of Cook's voyages to the South Seas, as a consequence of which the coastlines of both Australia and New Zealand were effectively determined. North America is shown relatively accurately for the period, ignoring the more typical continental fabrications on the Pacific coast, but marking by a dotted line, the "F.di Ouest" - the supposed River of the West. Full original outline colour with recent enhancements to decorative elements.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: J.M. Probst  
place and date of publication: Augsburg 1782
medium and colour: Copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 475 by 940mm (18.75 by 37 inches).
ref: 42418

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