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Click here to view a short video presentation. Amerique Meridionale.(World map- Australia- Carpentaria- Van Diemens Land- New Zealand) Issued 1679, Paris by P. Du Val. Issued as part of a now very rare four-sheet wall map, this sheet offered alone. Any and all sheets are scarce in the market as are most folio sheet Duval maps of this era. Attractive, fascinating and rare 17th century folio sheet map, with original outline hand color. Of note for the depictions of a partial outline of a single New Zealand island as well as an entirely erroneous placement of Van Diemens island and Australia in relationship to NZ. Also note the huge long incomplete coastline east of NZ, which may represent a hypothetical Southern Continent which had been the source of speculation for years. This giant southern continent then continues east below the southern tip of So. America. As noted by Shirley, the map was issued separately and was engraved in such a way as allowing the top portion with title to be trimmed off so the sheets could all be joined. A full example is shown in Shirley's Mapping of the World, 489. Video captures the condition in detail, old paper repairs on reverse, some damp staining, spots of color offset, paper slightly soft along edges, blank margins trimmed down to at or slightly within neat lines, etc. Rare enough that allowances must be made for any example in any condition. Sheet measures c. 17 1/8" x 23". Printed area measures c. 16" x 22 1/4". Shirley, Mapping of the World, 489 (noting it was also published separately). Tooley, Mapping of Australia, curiously not listed although he notes a different map by Duval relating to this region and depicts it as plate 129. Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, v. 1, p.406.[v R16988]
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