This is an outstanding double page world map. This map retains the 18th century's cartography of California being an island, and it isone of last maps to do so. Terre de Iesso just off shore of North America. In the Pacific there is a partial New Zealand coast line and Van Diemens Land together with partial coastline for Terre Australe et Inconnue et Magellanique. The map is beautifully decorated with a rich allegorical figures. The female representations of the four continents adorn the corners with figures representing the virtues of Justice with her ax and scales, Truth holding a mirror while being attacked by a serpent, Fortitude with a broken column, and Temperance mixing wine and water. From Elwe's monumental 'Atlas'.
1792 Elwe World Map
Mappe Monde ou Description du Globe Terrestre & Aquatique
Map Maker Specifics
J Elwe, 1792, Amsterdam
18.1 X 24 in. plus margins
Good. On laid paper. Modest damp stains in upper and lower center. Slight staining and marginal pencil and ink notations. Oroginal hand color to the map.