Composite World Atlas
Composite World Atlas.
Paris: 1700-1745. 2° (530 x 395mm). 2pp. manuscript index, 76 double-page maps, some folding, by Delisle dated between 1700-1745, most hand-coloured in outline. Contemporary mottled cat’s paw calf, spine richly gilt in compartments, marbled-endpapers, red edges. Provenance: Bibliotheque d'Hauteville (bookplate). £12,000
A FINE COMPOSITE ATLAS BY ONE OF THE GREATEST FRENCH CARTOGRAPHERS of the time of Louis XIV. Delisle was renowned for the precision of his maps and the veracity he demanded of the information they were to include. The atlas contains several important maps of the Americas: 'Hemisphere Septentrionale' and 'Meridional' (both 1714); 'Carte du Canada ou de la nouvelle France' (1703); 'Amerique septentrionale' (1700); 'Carte du Mexique et de la Floride' and 'Carte du la terre ferme du Peron du Brazil, du Pays Amazones' (both 1703).