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Publisher: CREPY, J-B. / NOLIN, J.-B.
Title: Le Globe Terrestre represente en deux plans-hemispheres dresee. . .
Published in: Paris, 1775
Size: 46.9 x 58.3 inches.
119.0 x 148.0 cm.

Condition: In good condition. Large wall map. Area size: 1350 x 1650 mm. Backed on linen, with some staining, restoration and repairs. Age toned and browned in places, as usual for a wall map.
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A very fine example of the Jean-Baptiste Crepy version of Jean Baptiste Nolin's striking large wall map of the World. The present example represents the 1775 state of the map, first issued in 1700.
Showing the two divided hemispheres, attached border with sixteen lavishly decorative fully coloured vignettes with explanations, each piece depicting in contemporary terms an incident from biblical history.
According to Shirley The 'Globe Terrestre' by J.B. Nolin, dated 1700, is one of the finest large-scale world maps to be produced and is a fitting bridge between the geographical and artistic skills of the seventeenth century and the century to come.
The twin hemispheres and their decorative surround are engraved on four sheets with further strips comprising a broad pictorial border and, at the bottom, architectural columns of text.

Below the map are inches of informative French text explaining both the modern and the ancient worlds. Each of Nolin's detailed hemispheres is supported by figures from mythology. In the corners and between the hemispheres are pictures telling the story of the creation of the world, the heavens, and mankind on earth.
The artist credited with the wonderful, decorative illustrations was the artist Bocquet, who carried out his work as per Nolin's instructions.

Australia is seen with the western half well delineated, while the eastern regions are shown to be an almost complete enigma, and erroneously connected to New Guinea.
Abel Tasman's isolated discoveries in southern Tasmania and New Zealand from his voyage of 1642-1643 are depicted, although the latter is shown to be connected to the mysterious 'Terres Australes', the rumored great southern continent.

In North America, California is no longer shown to be an island, having recently been proven to be a peninsula, following the 1701 expedition of Padre Eusebio Kino.
The eastern regions represent the best knowledge of French and English cartographers, including the delineation of the Mississippi and its tributaries based on the discoveries of the Sieur de La Salle and Louis Joliet.

All in all, a glorious wall map to inspire the soul, and fill the senses!
Reference: Shirley Mapping of the World 605.

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