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D'AVITY, P. - Le monde ou description de ses quatre parties par [. . .] Pierre Daviti. . .

D'AVITY, P. -  Le monde ou description de ses quatre parties par [. . .] Pierre Daviti. . .
Le monde ou description de ses quatre parties par [. . .] Pierre Daviti. . . - D'AVITY, P.
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Title : Le monde ou description de ses quatre parties par [. . .] Pierre Daviti. . ..
Map maker : D'AVITY, P..
Date : Paris, Denis Bechet and Louis Billaine, 1660.
Size : 14.6 x 9.4 inches. / 37.0 x 24.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description : The book includes 2 maps by Melchior Tavernier each showing a hemisphere. Curiously the maps are dated 1661, the are not part of the book but often they are bound into this edition. The two maps are together a double hemisphere map. The maps are separately published in 1639 (1st state) and later in 1660 (2nd state).
A very fine copy, the maps in very good to mint condition.

Cartographically North America is derived from Henricus Hondius' America Septentrionalis of 1636, the one Great Lake being the most unique feature of the map. Tavernier does, however, venture into the north-west coast where Hondius did not, inserting a faint coastline, and informing us of the lack of knowledge of the regionand , by describing Thomas Button's search for a Northwest Passage..
The Western Hemisphere shows California as an island, a single Great Lake. In South America, there is a small Lake Parime in Guiana, and both the Amazon and Rio de la Plata flow from the large interior Lago de los Xarayes.
In the Eastern Hemisphere, the large mythical southern continent fills the bottom of the map and the Dutch discoveries in Australia are not shown.
Both hemispheres are enclosed in concentric circles giving compass points, notations and tables, and each is embellished with a beautiful cartouche featuring the female representations of the continents.


America, Burden 255. Shirley, World 349.
Condition : Folio, contemp. brown calf, with raised gilt spine. Upper and lower panel reinforced.


ID: 09973

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