In our February focus, we present antique World maps in our catalogue:
Australia and Antarctica were not yet fully explored at the time this map was first printed and are shown here as “Terra Incognita” and “Unknown land”. The illustrations in the corners in the map represent the four elements: water, earth, air and fire.
Beautiful World Map with rich illustrations.
The heavens with a description of various geophysical and climatic phenomena are depicted on this map.
Five climatic zones (two cold, two mild and one warm around the equator) are shown. The main maritime routes are also marked. In the first half of the 18th century, exploration of Australia was still underway and it was believed that it was a part of Terra Incognita, a land located in what is now Antarctica. This map is accompanied by a list of selected countries in America, Africa, Europe and Asia and their capital cities are listed. Furthermore, the most frequent geographical terms are defined.
Various solar system ideas are depicted on this World map.
The World is shown in several projections.
This French map of the world from 1786 depicts all three recent voyages of Captain James Cook and his crew.
The set consists of:
Map of the South Pole and the surrounding regions of South America, New Zealand and Tasmania, 1803.The continent of Antarctica had not yet been confirmed in 1803; the first documented landing on Antarctica took place in 1821.
Map of the Arctic Ocean and the surrounding regions of Europe, Asia and America, 1803.
Map of the Pacific Ocean and the North-West of America, 1803.
Map of America, 1803.
Map of the African continent and the neighbouring regions of the Middle East and Southern Europe, 1803.
Map of Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and Australia, 1803. The coastline of Australia had not been fully explored and mapped in 1803. The first complete chart of the Australian coastline was mapped by Matthew Flinders in 1810.