This large beautifully hand coloured original antique
World Map - on Mercator's Projection - was engraved in
by Jacques Nicolas Bellin - the date is engraved
in the title - updated with Captain James Cooks
important discoveries in the South Pacific, New Zealand
and along the East Coast of Australia made in 1769-1770.
map presents the entire world on Mercator Projection
based on a Paris (L’Isle de Fer) meridian, exhibiting
post-Cook geography throughout, but most specifically in
the Pacific and along the northwest coast of America.
North America to the west of the Mississippi is vaguely
rendered according to 16th century expeditions into the
region by Coronado, La Salle, De Soto, and others.
Bellin identifies the semi-mythical civilizations of
Quivira and Teguayo, both associated with legends of the
Seven Cities of Gold, in what is modern day Utah,
California, and Nevada. Along the western coast the
strait discovered by Martin Aguilar is noted. Further
north still the River of the West (Fl. de l’Ouest)
extends from the west coast to the Lake of the Woods
(Lac de Bois) and thence via additional waterways to the
Great Lakes and the Atlantic. The River of the West
appeared in many 18th century maps of the Americas and
is reflective of French hopes for a water route from
their colonies in Canada and Louisiana to the Pacific.
Still further north the coastline becomes extremely
vague, in places vanishing altogether. The Aleutians are
vaguely rendered according to various sightings by Vitus
Jonassen Bering and Aleksei Chirikov in the 1740s and
identified as the “Archipel de Nord”.
In the Pacific, various Polynesian Island groups are
noted though many are slightly or significantly
misplaced. The Solomon Islands are vastly oversized
referencing the early 17th claims of Quiros. The other
lands discovered and erroneously mapped by Quiros in
1606 and Davis in 1686 during their search of the great
southern continent are also noted. Hawaii, as yet
undiscovered, is absent. New Zealand is rendered twice
though is accurate in its form and position. Australia,
here labeled “Nouvelle Holland”, has part of its
southern coastline ghosted in and Van Diemen’s Land
(Tasmania) is attached to the mainland. The southern
coast of New Guinea is similarly ghosted in, suggesting
its unexplored state.
(Ref: Tooley; M&B)
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - off white
Age of map color: - Original & later
Colors used: - Yellow, green, red, brown.
General color appearance: - Authentic and fresh
Paper size: - 28 3/4in x 21 1/4in (730mm x 540mm)
Plate size: - 27 1/2n x 20 1/4in (700mm x 515mm)
Margins: - Min ½in (12mm)
Margins: - None
Plate area: - Folds as issued
Verso: - None
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