C1759

Tabula Geographica Hemisphaerii Borealis…

Mapmaker:

Leonhard Euler (1707 - 1783)

Scarce map of the north pole by Johann Cristoph Rhode showing the hypothetical Mer de L’Ouest  with an extensive river system connecting to the Great Lakes and forming a Northwest Passage. From Atlas geographicus omnes orbis terrarum regiones

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Full Title:

Tabula Geographica Hemisphaerii Borealis…

Date:

C1759

Mapmaker:

Leonhard Euler (1707 - 1783)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

380mm 
x 340mm
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Tabula Geographica Hemisphaerii Borealis... - Antique Map from 1759

Genuine antique
dated:

1759

Description:

Scarce map of the north pole by Johann Cristoph Rhode showing the hypothetical Mer de L’Ouest  with an extensive river system connecting to the Great Lakes and forming a Northwest Passage.

From Atlas geographicus omnes orbis terrarum regiones

Mapmaker:

Johann Cristoph Rhode (1713-1786)
Rhode was an active publisher in Berlin during the 1740s and 1750s and is best known for his important French and Indian War maps. This map was prepared for the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences and was published in Leonhard Euler’s atlas.

Leonhard Euler (1707 – 1783)

Euler was one of greatest mathematicians of the period of Enlightementt. Born in Switzerland but worked most of his life in Russia and Germany. He made important discoveries in fields as diverse as infinitesimal calculus and graph theory. He also introduced much of the modern mathematical terminology and notation, particularly for mathematical analysis, such as the notion of a mathematical function. He is also renowned for his work in mechanics, fluid dynamics, optics, astronomy, and music theory.

Euler’s involvement with cartography began by his tuition by the great French cartographer Delisle who had been invited to work at the Petersburg Academy Observatory. Delisle taught Euler astronomy and observational techniques with telescopes and other instruments. In September 1734 Delisle suggested that Euler work with a three foot quadrant prior to working independently making observations the following month. The results of Euler’s research and observation into determining longitude, led later to the formation of the geography department of the academy.

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