'MAPPAMONDO OVERO DESCRIZIONE DEL GLOBO TERRESTRE' by 'Sieur Robert' / Isaac Bruckner c.1778
An interesting and attractive late 18th century double hemisphere world map which was based on one by Gilles Robert de Vaugondy (a.k.a. Sieur Robert) and published in Isaac Bruckner's (or 'Brouckner') DIZIONARIO GEOGRAFICO PORTATILE (Venice: Remondini, Bassano, 1761-1780).
At the time of the maps publication, the Arctic and the north western part of North America (including Alaska) was largely unknown thus maintaining the belief that the fabled 'North-West Passage' may exist. In the Southern Hemisphere, Australia, or 'New Holland' as it was then called, was thought to be joined to New Guinea in the North and to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) to the South. Since and despite Abel Tasman's discovery in 1642, most of New Zealand's coastline remained uncharted by Europeans. In Asia, Japan, which had isolated itself from outsiders, was poorly mapped with no reference to the island of Hokkaido.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 29.9cms by 15.5cms.
- The map is in very good condition with adequate margins; vertical folds, as issued. Minor blemishes to the paper. Click on image for a better view.
- The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
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- Guaranteed to be over 225 years old.