World double hemispheres California as Island legends 1700 Burnet Dutch rare mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Den Aardkloot nade Zondvloed, in haar gebroken stand, met Bergen en dalen, groote zee-Boesen, ed der selver Eilanden en Ondiepten vertoond.
(World, Globe, Eastern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere, California Island, Mountains of the Moon. Ocean floor terrain).
Issued ca. 1700, Amsterdam, Netherlands (originally issued by T. Burnet of London).
Fine and uncommon early 18th century world map. Most noteworthy for the prominent depiction of California as an island and a giant inland sea off the shore of the east coast. A huge speculative undefined Australia at lower right of top sphere. Note the numerous mountains ranges within Africa, including Mts. of the Moon. Amazon river in South America misoriented northward.
Includes a pure fantasy attempt to depict the topography of the ocean floor as well. Also among the first maps to depict oceanic underwater land features, essentially purely imaginary contours that existed on the ocean floor.
A delightful and genuinely rare map composed of a fine assortment of erroneous, speculative and fictitious cartographic ideas, some imaginary legends.
Well-inked and pleasing impression, suggesting an unworn plate. Tiny thin old paper adhesion above speculative land mass suggesting New Zealand coastline.
Sheet measures c. 12 7/8" H x 7 3/4" W.
Printed area measures c. 10 7/8" H x 6" W
McLaughlin, Mapping of California as an Island, 77- this variant not mentioned among the four states. This version has running Dutch description across the bottom, is overlapped above Eastern Hemisphere, has "911" at top right corner and has many rhumb lines. Other minor differences appear, it's unclear if this version is entirely newly engraved or the same plate, just reworked by the engraver. Interesting comparison versus the version used in McLaughlin.