Partie orientale du monde qui contiennent l'Europe, l'Asie, et Afrique…

Amsterdam: circa, 1730.

Engraved map in contemporary handcolouring; 593 x 502 mm.; well framed.

A rare map of the eastern Hemisphere, extending eastwards from South America to New Guinea: an earlier version first appeared in the Neptune François produced in Paris in 1693. The present map is on Mercator's projection and was issued in two sheets (this is the eastern sheet) under the general title Carte Generale de Toutes les Costes Du Monde; suggesting that each could be considered a separate entity, both sheets had their own title in an oval cartouche.

A rare map of the eastern Hemisphere, extending eastwards from South America to New Guinea: an earlier version first appeared in the Neptune François produced in Paris in 1693. The present map is on Mercator's projection and was issued in two sheets (this is the eastern sheet) under the general title Carte Generale de Toutes les Costes Du Monde; suggesting that each could be considered a separate entity, both sheets had their own title in an oval cartouche.

The firm of Johannes Covens and Cornelis Mortier was the largest eighteenth-century map and book shop in Amsterdam, one of the centres of map production. The firm was begun by Cornelis' father Pieter (1661-1711), who 'was largely responsible for the renewal of atlas cartography in Amsterdam in the last decades of the seventeenth century' (Parry, The Cartography of the East Indian Islands, p. 175). Following the 1693 Neptune François issue, a slightly larger version of the map was engraved by Baltasar Ruyter in 1703, with additional changes to the Asian sheet. It was this revised state that was re-issued with the imprint of Covens and Mortier, as here. In this attractive version of the map, the northeast coast of Asia has far more detail and unidentified promontories extending from the coast. Australia is charted according to the discoveries of Tasman's voyages of 1642-43 & 1644. Many of the early Dutch discoveries in Australia are shown including those of Carstensz (1623), de Wit (1625), Hartog (1616) and Houtman.

Shirley, 559, pl. 389 (the earlier edition).

Price (AUD): $4,400.00  other currencies Ref: #4504987