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This large beautifully hand coloured original copper-plate engraved antique map of the Western Hemisphere, including America & the west coast of New Zealand by Guillaume Delisle was engraved in 1724 - the date is engraved at the bottom of the map - by Joseph de la Haye and was published by in Atlas Nouveau.
Condition Report Paper thickness and quality: - Very heavy and stable Paper color: - Off white Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Yellow, green, pink General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 29 1/2in x 21in (750mm x 535mm) Plate size: - 24in x 18 1/2in (610mm x 470mm) Margins: - min. 1in (25mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: - None Verso: - None
Background:Claude de L isle was responsible for some of the most accurate maps of America avaialble in the early 18th century. Delisle did away with most of the speculative cartography especially of North America and researched his information in finite detail. This can be seen in many ways. The most oblivious is showing California as a Peninsular - which some cartographers did not believe until the 1740's - and the NW region has been left blank, free of speculation. Another noticeable difference is the accurate depiction of the Great Lakes. As with all Delisle's map this is finely engraved with amazing detail and hand colour. The map includes the tracks of many explorers up until 1710. These include Magellan 1520, Halley 1700, de Quiros 1605, de Mendana 1595, de la Maire 1616, Tasman, Halley and others. (Ref: M&B; Tooley)