C1700

Carte Generale du Monde, ou Description du Monde Terrestre & Aquatique.

Map of the world on Mercator’s projection with the title in both French and Dutch, decorated at top with three spheres and a minature double-hemisphere world map. The spheres depict day and night, the flood and the phases of the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Carte Generale du Monde, ou Description du Monde Terrestre & Aquatique.

Date:

C1700

Condition:

Small repaired tear at centre fold, lower margin expertly extended, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

470mm 
x 400mm

Paper Size: 

487mm 
x 423mm
AUTHENTICITY
Carte Generale du Monde, ou Description du Monde Terrestre & Aquatique. - Antique Map from 1700

Genuine antique
dated:

1700

Description:

Map of the world on Mercator’s projection with the title in both French and Dutch, decorated at top with three spheres and a minature double-hemisphere world map.

The spheres depict day and night, the flood and the phases of the moon. The map was finely engraved by Jan van Luchtenburg (signed lower left). Mortier was a Dutch mapmaker who travelled to Paris in 1681-1685 and on his return to Holland obtained the States-General’s privilege for the publishing of maps and atlases by French publishers in Amsterdam.

The map records the following Dutch discoveries on the Australian coast: Hartog in the Eendracht 1616, the van Leeuwin 1622, Carstenz in the Leijden 1643, Nuyts in the Gulden Zeepaert 1627, de Wit in the Vianen 1628 and the two voyages of Abel Tasman on the Heemskerck and Zeehaen 1642-44. Also noted are the Trial Islands near present-day Dampier, named after the English ship the Trial which was wrecked there in 1622. The first recorded European discovery of Australia by Willem Jansz in the Duyfken on Cape York Peninsula in 1606 is not included.

References: Shirley 622

Collections:
National Library Australia:  Bib ID531574

Pieter Mortier (1661 - 1711)

Pieter Mortier (1661–1711) Dutch c.18th mapmaker, engraver and publisher of atlases born in Leiden, the son of a political refugee from France. He travelled to Paris in 1681-1685, then returned to Amsterdam where he operated as a bookseller from 1685 until 1711. He won the privilege in 1690 of publishing maps and atlases by French publishers in Amsterdam for the Dutch market.

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