Double page engraved hand colored map by Elwe after Jaillot's 1694 map. This lavish world map was first issued by Alexis-Hubert Jaillot nearly a century previous. This re-issue by Elwe retains the cartography with the island of California, one of last maps to do so, with 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 background. 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.
1792 Elwe/Jaillot Ornate World Map, Calif. Island
Mappe Monde ou Description du Globe Terrestre & Aquatique
Map Maker Specifics
J. Elwe after A. Jaillot, 1792, Amsterdam
18 x 24 in. plus margins
Very Good. Expertly repaired marginal splits and chips. Professionally backed. Slight discoloration on edges. Sharp example with vivid colors.