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Van der Aa, Planisphere Terrestre Suivant les nouvelle Observations de Astronomes... Leiden, 1713. 21" x 25" overall; 21" diameter polar projection map. Superb color, possibly contemporary. Trimmed to upper neatline (no loss) with top margin extended. Faint blue paint smudge, a little surface dirt, near Fine. $8,500.00

The geography is from Cassini's rare map published by Nolin in 1696. Accuracy of longitude was improved through astronomical sightings of eclipses of Jupiter's moons from more than forty stations across the globe. Small printed stars mark the locations of observatories employed, including at "S. Yago" (Santiago, Chile) and the Cape of Good Hope. Nevertheless, this azimuthal projection map contains imaginative geography including California as an Island, a seeming Northwest Passage through Baffin Bay, and two major rivers debouching from Lake Zaire in central Africa: one into the Atlantic, one toward Zanzibar. The striking design by J. Goree was engraved by G. Van Gouwen. Shirley, World 579.


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