Carte generale de la terre ou mappe monde avec les quatre principaux sistemes...
DE FER, Nicolas

Carte generale de la terre ou mappe monde avec les quatre principaux sistemes...

G. Danet gendre de N. de Fer
Size : 51 x 72,5 cm (sheet)
Color : Hand Colored
Condition : Restorations, marginal soiling
Technique : Copper engraving
Reference : 851-37

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Two-hemisphere decorative world map enriched with numerous representations in the margins.

The western hemisphere is dedicated to the Americas, while the eastern hemisphere depicts Europe, Africa, and Asia, along with an incomplete depiction of New Zealand and vague borders marking Australia as "Nouvelle Hollande." This map traces the paths of several significant explorers, including Magellan (1520), Le Maire (1615), St. Louis (1708), Halley (1700), Mendana (1595), St. Antoine (1710), Tasman (1642), and Quiroz (1605), among others.

Around the hemispheres, we find the systems of Copernicus, Ptolemy, Descartes, and Tycho Brahe, accompanied by explanatory notes. There are also representations of the sun according to Kircher, the moon, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Mercury, and Venus according to Cassini, an armillary sphere, the eclipse of the sun, and the eclipse of the moon. The map is adorned with a title cartouche featuring royal arms and two decorative vignettes.

This map was first published by Nicolas de Fer, and this particular copy has been updated by his son-in-law Danet.

DE FER, Nicolas

Nicolas de Fer (1646-1720), was an engraver, geographer, titled geographer of the King and active from 1687 to 1720. He began his apprenticeship at the age of 12 with an engraver. In 1687, he took over the map trade from his mother after the death of his father, Antoine de Fer, a print and map merchant who died in 1673, and executed more than 600 maps or plans: frontier maps, maps of the new conquests of Louis XIV, cities fortified by Vauban, voyages and discoveries of new territories. In his main work, the Atlas Curieuse, he published several maps of the Americas and the West Indies. At his death, his sons-in-law, Guillaume Danet and Jacques-François Bénard  also engravers, continued Nicolas de Fer's activity on their own account.