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Mappe Monde ou Description du Globe Terrestre & Aquatique

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4,800.00 €


Article ID W0259
Artist Elwe (1777-1777)
Jan Barend Elwe ( 177 - 1815), was a Dutch publisher and book seller who reissued maps by De L´Isle and Ottens and some other cartographers in the late 18th century. His famous map "Amerique Septentrionale Divisee en ses Principales Parties" was derived mainly from Sanson’s and Jaillot’s maps of 1656 and 1676. At this time, California was no longer shown as an island, but as a peninsular, and the Great Lakes to the north are enclosed, which was another feature often shown incorrectly on earlier maps of America. This map has been published in 1792 in an Atlas which included 37 other maps of different countries.
Title Mappe Monde ou Description du Globe Terrestre & Aquatique
Year dated 1792
Decorative double hemishere map, surrounded by figurative representations of the continents, Asia, Europe, America and Africa. California as an island. The Island of California refers to a long-held Spanish misconception, dating from the 16th century, that California was not part of mainland North America but rather a large island separated from the continent by a strait now known as the Gulf of California.
One of the most famous cartographic errors in history, it was propagated on many maps during the 17th and 18th centuries, despite contradictory evidence from various explorers. The legend was initially infused with the idea that California was a terrestrial paradise, like the Garden of Eden or Atlantis. Australia not completely depicted as the complete coast was not charted at that time.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Dimensions (cm)46 x 61
ConditionDouble fold lower right
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print


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