Its elegant presentation conveys confidence in the human capacity to describe not only the Earth, but the cosmos itself. The double hemisphere map rests upon Corinthian columns, underscoring the classical foundations of western scientific thought, here augmented by new discovery. The unique, neo-classical motif is carried through to the bottom half of the engraving, where panels of text are set within a portico supported by Corinthian columns. Completing the illusion are a coffered roof and a patterned tile floor.
At the base of the columns there busts and accounts of the great explorers, among them Columbus, Magellan, and Vasco de Gama. The map here is significantly updated over earlier editions to reflect the discoveries of Captain James Cook - a watershed moment in cartographic history. All three of Cook's great voyages completed between 1768 and 1779 are noted. In North America the Pacific Northwest is beginning to take on recognizable form. Australia eastern coast is revealed, although Tasmania remains attached to the mainland.The borders of New Zealand are also clarified, and Antarctica appears for the first time. Nonetheless, there remain deep cartographic errors throughout, particularly in Asia and inland in Africa, South America, and North America. The Caspian Sea is still somewhat circular, the apocryphal Laguna de Xaraies appears in South America, and the interiors of Africa and American are mostly blank. Even so, this map exhibits a considerable advancement, in that previous generation cartographic speculation, used to fill in the map for want of actual exploratory data, has here been much reduced. Unlike the earlier editions, there is, for example, no Lake Parima (El Dorado) in South America, or Ptolemaic mapping of the Nile's sources in Africa.
This map was first published by Nicolas Jaugeon in Paris in 1688. Although few examples of the 1688 edition survive, it is likely that it featured only the double hemisphere map, not the extensive text and neo-classical imagery below. It appears that the extensive lower portions of the map were engraved by Albert Jouvin de Rochefort c.1710 for Alexis-Hubert Jaillot's c. Jaillot issued subsequent editions in 1718, 1730, and 1758. After Jaillot's death, his plates passed to Louis Charles Desnos (1725 - 1805), who hired Louis Brion de la Tour (1743 - 1803) to re-engrave the map portion of the chart to reflect the discoveries of Captain James Cook. The present example is the Desnos issue, of which there is only one state, 1786. Size: Printed area measures 42.5 inches high by 39 inches wide.
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