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1714 - Hemisphere Meridional Pour Voir Plus Distinctement Les Terres Australes

Map makerSizeMap IDCondition
Guillaume Delisle 450 x 450 mmD1 / M150 / I68Restoration to the lower part of the map. Some reinforcement. Several mended tears to margins.

First edition of De lisle's polar hemispherical map showing Australia and New Zealand according to Tasman's two voyages in 1642-3 and 1644.

This is the first state of De l'isle's immensely popular south polar map, showing the routes of several well-known explorers including Tasman, de Quires, Magellan and Dampier. De l'isle abandons all notions of Terra Australis Incognita adopting a more accurate description based on actual discoveries. Several of the early Dutch discoveries in Australia are noted. Dampier's Western Australian discovery of Shark Bay (' Scharks Bay ') is noted, as are his exploits in NewBritain. In keeping with his scientific and accurate approach to cartography, Delisle shows two locations for the Solomon Islands , one according to 'Fernand Gallego' (presumably Mendana's chief pilot Hernando Gallego), north-east of New Zealand , the other according to Dudley, charted further towards South America .

This information is adopted from the Printed World catalogue series, one of the most enjoyable and informative Australian Antique map catalogues available, created and compiled by Simon Dewez.

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