C1752

Orbis Vetus in utraque continente juxta mentem Sansonianam distinctus, nec non observationibus astronomicis redactus, accurante ROBERT DE VAUGONDY

Wonderful c.18th double hemisphere world map with an elaborate title cartouche at top, comprising of a Rococo style frame surrounded by cherubs and a representation of the Roman God, Saturn and another at bottom with an explanation of the mapping. … Read Full Description

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Orbis Vetus in utraque continente juxta mentem Sansonianam distinctus, nec non observationibus astronomicis redactus, accurante ROBERT DE VAUGONDY

Date:

C1752

Condition:

Minor wear to centre fold, otherwise in good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

720mm 
x 480mm

Paper Size: 

770mm 
x 527mm
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Orbis Vetus in utraque continente juxta mentem Sansonianam distinctus, nec non observationibus astronomicis redactus, accurante ROBERT DE VAUGONDY - Antique Map from 1752

Genuine antique
dated:

1752

Description:

Wonderful c.18th double hemisphere world map with an elaborate title cartouche at top, comprising of a Rococo style frame surrounded by cherubs and a representation of the Roman God, Saturn and another at bottom with an explanation of the mapping.

Australia and New Zealand shown according to the discoveries made by Abel Tasman on his two voyages in 1642-1644. Australia’s southern and east coasts are shown according to the theories of the French School of Theoretical Cartography which popularised the notion of an imaginary east coast of Australia extending from Van Diemen’s Land to the Solomon Islands. It was so influential in propagating these theories that most cartographers were
depicting Australia on their maps accordingly. This error was to remain on charts until James Cook’s finally discovered and charted the east coast of the South Land in 1770.

Tasman’s instructions were contained in the missive of the Governor-General and Council of the Indies to the Heren XVII of 12 December 1642, in which a brief summary of the plan for the voyage was given. The primary objectives of the VOC’s exploratory voyages had always been the opening up of new markets for trade while at the same time the updating of existing charts or creation of new charts. Tasman’s first voyage resulted in the discovery of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) and New Zealand which gave the southern and eastern geographical limits of the South Land and proved that it was not connected to Terra Australis. The results of the second voyage gave shape to Australia’s northern and north west coasts. The second voyage charted the northern coast. The shape of Australia on maps was then to remain virtually unchanged, without any significant discoveries until those of James Cook in 1770.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 578188

Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (1688 - 1766)

Vaugondy inherited the firm of his uncle, Pierre Moullart-Sanson, in 1730. He quickly increased the business when he purchased the stock one of the leading French cartographers, Hubert Jaillot. He astutely combined his own additions to the maps he had purchased, bringing them up to date without the expense of creating new maps and engraving plates. Fittingly as a leading Parisian mapmaker of his day he was made Geographer to the King in 1730. Vaugondy was also one of the leading exponents of the French School of Theoretical Cartography and like Nicholas Bellin popularised the notion of an imaginary east coast of Australia.

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