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Carte Des Nouvelles Decouvertes Au Nord de la Mer de Sud
Buache, Philippe, 1700-...
Carte Des Nouvelles Dec...
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[Buache, Philippe, 1700-1773, L'Isle, Joseph Nicolas de, 1688-1768]
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Carte Des Nouvelles Decouvertes Au Nord de la Mer de Sud, Tant a l'Est de la Siberie et du Kamtchatcka, Qu'a l'Ouest de la Nouvelle France, dressee sur les memoires de Mr. Del'Isle professeur royal et de l'Academie des sciences par Philippe Buache de la même académie. Et presentee a l'Academie, dans son assemblee publique du 8 Avril 1750 par Mr. De l'Isle. Publiee sous le privilege de l'Académie de Sciences. Se vend Quay de l'Horloge du Palais avec les Cartes de Guill. Delisle et de Phil. Buache.
Hand colored copper plate engraving map, first drawn by De L'Isle in St. Petersburg in 1737. This is the first edition of the landmark De L'Isle-Buache map of the North Pacific, exhibiting the recent Russian discoveries for the first time. At upper left and right: "Habitant de Kamchatka" and "Sauvage du N O de Louisiane." "Avertissement" at top right explains the projection. The chart includes the curve of the earth, with latitude lines radiating in an arc, making it possible to show more area. In the middle is an ornamental title cartouche. Map showing the northern hemisphere from Siberia in Asia to New France in North America, with the routes of discovery in the northern Pacific Ocean. A large sea is in the interior of North America. A series of lakes nearly connects Baffin’s Bay to the Mer du Sud, suggesting a Northwest Passage. To the north are glacial mountains while to the west are a series of archipelagoes and several large lakes. Further west, Russia appears well delineated, with the exception of a “Grande Terre” supposedly discovered by the Russians in 1723. Relief shown pictorially. Prime meridian is Paris. Map was made by two of the most important mapmakers of the mid-eighteenth century, Philippe Buache, Geographe du roi, geographer to the Academie Royale des Sciences and son-in-law of the famous geographer Guillaume De L’Isle, and Joseph Nicholas De L'Isle, astronomer, geographer, and brother to Guillaume. J. N. De L’Isle presented the map to the Academie Royale on April 8, 1750; it was printed in June of 1752. Joseph Nicholas De L'Isle spent much of his career in Russia, where he helped to found the Russian Academy of Sciences. While there, he had access to the latest findings of Russian explorers and was at the center of Russia’s geographic establishment; for example, he helped produce the first Russian atlas, the Atlas Russicus, with Ivan Kyrilov (see our 5825.000 and 11093.000). He returned to Paris in 1747 with a large map collection, an event that drew some criticism from Russian academicians who thought he absconded with delicate materials.
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