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Publisher: BUACHE, P.
Title: Carte physique de la Grande Mer ci-devant nommée Mer du Sud du Pacifique, qui traverse les parties le splus orientales de l'Asie . . .
Published in: Paris, 1746
   
Size: 12.2 x 16.9 inches.
31.0 x 43.0 cm.
Colouring:

In original colours.
Condition: Dark impression. Wide margins. In good condition.
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General map of the Pacific ocean. Published in Buache's "Considérations géographiques et physiques", one of his most important and original cartographic works.
The map projects the continents of the Southern Hemisphere over the continents of the Northern Hemisphere in order to better visualize the three-dimensional nature of the globe.
Buache's goal was to portray the world as if it was transparent, as he explains in the text column to the left of the hemisphere. The projection also helps to understand the spread of the continents over the world, a topic of enduring importance thanks to the continued theorizing about a southern continent by eighteenth-century geographers.

Buache goes to explain that the world as seen here clearly has six sectors. These consist of three large islands: the Americas, Australia and the islands of Southeast Asia, and the Asia/Africa/Europe continental confluence. These three landmasses correspond to three reservoirs: the Pacific (South Seas or Grand Ocean), the Indian Ocean, and the Atlantic. ¤




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