1771 De Pretot - Carte de l'Ancien et du Nouveau Monde...[River of the West]

SOLD: Attractive world map with prominent River of the West

Title:

Carte de l'Ancien et du Nouveau Monde, Suivant une Projection Nouvelle, pour les Premieres Etudes; Dirigee par Mr. Philippe...

Map maker:

Etienne Andre Philippe De Pretot, Atlas Universel

Place and Year:

Paris, 1771

Dimensions:

41.4 x 27.7 cm (16.3 x 10.9 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Hand colored

Condition Rating:

VG

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DETAILS

A very uncommon world map designed in a crisp style and presented on Mercator's projection. The map is quite detailed, particularly in the oceans, with recent discoveries noted in Greenland, Canada, the South Pacific and North Pacific. In North America a huge River of the West (Fl. de l'Ouest) is the most prominent feature and the northwest coast is lacking any hint of the Alaskan peninsula.

Conjectural coastlines connect Australia to both Tasmania and New Guinea, and only a partial coastline of New Zealand is shown. The composition is nicely decorated with an elaborate, French-style title cartouche and a compass rose.

Engraved by Jean Emmanuel Jerome Vallet.

CONDITION NOTES

A nice impression with attractive color and a damp stain at bottom.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00060

REFERENCES

Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #179-3.

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