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Carte Generale de la Terre ou Mappe Monde avec Les Quatre Principaux Sistemes & les Figures des Sept Planetes le tout selon les Nouvelles Observations

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Article ID W0285
Artist Fer, de (1646-1720)
Nicolas de Fer ( 1646 - 1720 in Paris) was a French cartographer and geographer. He also was an engraver and publisher. De Fer was the youngest of three sons of Antoine de Fer, who was also a cartographer. When he was 12, he became the apprentice of Parisian engraver Louis Spirinx, and made his first map, of the Canal du Midi, at the age of 23. After the death of his father in June 1673, de Fer was so successful at improving the firm that, in 1690, he became the official geographer to Louis, Dauphin of France. With support from the Spanish and French Royal Families, de Fer also became official geographer for Philip V and Louis XIV, the kings of Spain and France, respectively. Because of this, his maps became Bourbon propaganda, endorsing French King Louis XIV. His business flourished, producing town plans, atlases, wall maps, and more than 600 sheet maps.He made maps of places in Europe and North America, including New Spain, places fortified by Vauban, the Low Countries, and the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1698, de Fer published a map of North America, which included a depiction of beavers building dams near Niagara Falls. Seventeen years later, Herman Moll published an identical map as his own, known as the -Beaver map-. De Fer became the official geographer for His Catholic Majesty in 1720.Two of his sons-in-law, Guillaume Danet and Jaques-François Bénard, continued the company after de Fer's death on 25 October of that year until around 1760.
Title Carte Generale de la Terre ou Mappe Monde avec Les Quatre Principaux Sistemes & les Figures des Sept Planetes le tout selon les Nouvelles Observations
Year c. 1729
Description
Facinating map of the world in two Hemispheres including the tracks of Tasman (1642) and Magellan (1520) and St. Antoine (1710) and surrounded with circular diagrams illustrating the theories of Ptolemy and Copernicus, scientific diagrams and a sphere. Around the central spheres is a wealth of information; the planetary theories of Copernicus, Ptolemy, Descartes and Tycho Brahe, the sun according to Kircher, the moon according to Cassini, and further illustrations of the planets. Partial coastlines are given for Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania. The "Terre De Yeso" (often Hokkaido) is shown here joined to mainland.
Place of Publication Paris
Dimensions (cm)49 x 73
ConditionRestoration at centerfold and missing parts replaced
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print

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