NOLIN JEAN BAPTISTE

L'Amerique Dressée sur les Relations les plus Recentes rectifiées sur les dernieres observations.
Data: Paris,1740 circa
America
Cod 9408
Materia: cartografia
4.200,00 €
Copper engraving on four sheets joined and mounted on modern linen, colored, cm 86x110. The present map was created in 1740 by Jean-Baptiste Nolin II, largely based on earlier maps produced by his father. This work ambitiously endeavours to depict the Americas in the most up-to-date geographic form, generally borrowing from the most authoritative sources. Ironically, it was the senior Nolin's desire to acquire the most accurate information that caused him to propagate one of the eighteenth-century's greatest cartographic myths. By this time, South America had been quite thoroughly explored, however, the Pacific northwest and the adjacent interior areas of North America remained largely unseen by European eyes. The only prominent feature present in this terra incognita is the mythical Mer de l'Ouest, that sees the Pacific protrude dramatically into the continental landmass. The senior Nolin was the first cartographer to put this detail into print, his campaign of corporate espionage having uncovered a manuscript map by De L'Isle which depicted the sea. This incident was one of the key pieces of evidence that won De L'Isle's suit against Nolin. Although the Mer de l'Ouest is dramatically smaller here than in its original form (and is unlabelled in this map) it sustains a fascinating myth. Fascinating map one of the best subjects of Nolin’s legacy. Some restoration with missing areas of the engraving wprofessionally redrawn.

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