World 1748 by Bellin Rare Decorative 4 sheet fine large antique map setBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Essay d'une Carte Reduite Contenant les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre
(World map in 4 sheets, Ottoman Empire, Barbary, Moscovie, Persia, Tibet)
Issued 1749, Paris-by N. Bellin
Fine and uncommon old engraved map in four sections, as issued. There are variant editions of this map, this being a rather scarce early 4 sheet example. With a beautiful ornate large title cartouche, two fine compass roses.
Fascinating depiction of North America, with a speculative and entirely inaccurate northwest coastline shown.
A picture is worth a thousand words. The photos are a major part of the item description. Please examine them closely, as what you see is what we will send you.
[note: we grade conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws.].
Map remains well preserved, some edge wear & thin staining as seen. All four sheets retain their original margins all around, none have been trimmed or altered. The shaving of each sheet down to the neat line at half of one side is as issued, the narrower portion being to facilitate the folding of the map into the volume whence it was found. Thus, the slightly wider part of the narrow border is in fact the original inset tab. Some light age wear or surface spotting/ soiling which is visible within the scan, some minor light inoffensive offsetting, overall visually very appealing.
A dramatic map to hang as a group four separate maps assembled to create a whole map of the world.
Paper and image remains overall clean & sound. Old maps & prints often display small minor repairs on the back, could have uneven blank margins, might have extraneous fold-lines or other small minor age flaws which do not detract from the visual appeal or value. Condition is carefully considered in arriving at our price.
Great antique map entirely worthy of hanging for display.
A depiction captured in a manner entirely unique to this era.
Each sheet measures c. 10" H x 14 3/4" W.
Printed area measures c. 9 3/8" H x 14" W
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 1, p. 117