A rich and interesting world map derived from Jacques Cassini's North Polar projection first published in 1696. It was then published as a title page for the Atlas De La Navigation Et Du Commerce by Louis Renard in both 1715 and 1739. Due to the centering of continents as a projection around the North Pole, landmasses exponentially lose their proportions and some rather unusual elements appear: for example, California is dramatically elongated and is a rather late representation as an island; a large Northwest Passage in North America bisects the known part of the continent from a vast land noted as Terres Inconnues; Australia extends across sixty degrees so that the eastern shore is positioned north of New Zealand; and the Great Wall of China is beautifully depicted. The circle of the world is held on the shoulders of a giant, often described as Atlas, but actually depicting Hercules with a club in hand and covered in lion's skin.
Artist Listings & Bibliography:
The Mapping Of California As An Island, Glen McLaughlin, f. TP12, p. 130
Measurements: 28" H x 21 5/8" W [frame]; 16 3/4" H x 9 3/4" W [map]
Housed in a contemporary frame. Paper with slight waviness (not stiff and taught), some very minor creasing and minor toning. Some old remains of mounting tape verso.
Cassini World Map “Planisphere Representant Toute L’Etendue du Monde” circa 1792