Sanson Map of the World on Hemisphere Projection (1691)
1691 hemisphere map of the World by French cartographer Nicolas Sanson. Full title: Mappe-monde: Geo-Hydrographique, ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre et Aquatique en Deux-Plans-Hemipsheres, ou sont exactement remarquées en General Toutes les Parties de la Terre et de L'Eau, suivant les Relations les plus Nouvelles. Par le Sr. Sanson Geographe Ordinaire du Roy.
More about the vintage world map showing hemispheres
This world map with hemispheres and equator is an exemplary map of monumental proportions. This Sanson and Jaillot's 1691 decorative map of the world on a double hemisphere projection is the first state of the fourth plate of this map. The old map covers the entire world according to its 17th century conception. Details include elaborate allegorical cartouches that appear at top centre and bottom centre detailing cherubs riding dolphins - the symbols of the Dauphin of France. This map is magnificently coloured with extensive gold foiling used throughout both as accent elements and to denote cities. This type of elaborate colourisation theme is highly unusual as gold foil gilding and colour work of this calibre was generally only applied to maps that were commissioned for royalty or the high nobility.
The map strikes an uncanny resemblance to Gerhard Muller's peninsula which emerged in the late 18th century. Based on numerous sightings but no significant exploration of the Aleutian Islands, Muller postulated that the archipelago was in fact a single land mass. He mapped it extending from the North American mainland towards Asia much as the Terre de Compagnie does on this map. It is not inconceivable that navigators sailing in the northern seas from Asia could have made this same error in the 16th and 17th centuries. Moving east of California into the North American mainland the Spanish colony of New Mexico is visible.
This 1691 hemisphere map of the World was made by French cartographer Nicolas Sanson. Full title: Mappe-monde: Geo-Hydrographique, ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre et Aquatique en Deux-Plans-Hemipsheres, ou sont exactement remarquées en General Toutes les Parties de la Terre et de L'Eau, suivant les Relations les plus Nouvelles. Par le Sr. Sanson Geographe Ordinaire du Roy.
This map of the world in size 23 x 14 inches by Artokoloro is an old map that can be ordered paper, matte plastic and lamination. This map is suitable for decor and is a rich historical piece that can be used for research and references.
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