CORONELLI, Maria Vincenzo (1650-1718). Mare Del Sud, detto Altrimenti Mare Pacifico... Venice, 1691.
CORONELLI, Maria Vincenzo (1650-1718).
Mare Del Sud, detto Altrimenti Mare Pacifico...
19 1/4" x 25" sheet, 30" x 35" framed.
This splendid map of the Pacific Ocean shows most of the coastlines of the Americas and the partially-known islands off the eastern coast of Asia. California is presented as a large island in the Foxe form (Burden, 680).
One of the great maps of the Pacific, handsomely engraved on heavy Italian laid paper, with decorative directional lines and a fanciful maritime cartouche with the title in an opened shell, surrounded by coral, pearls and nereids. Depicts the west coast of America with California shown as an island. New Zealand is shown at bottom as a land of great extent and with an eastern coastline marked 'not yet well known' and a note 'discovered by the Dutch in 1654'. Southern Tasmania and a part of Australia are shown to the west. It features the track of the 1615-17 voyage by Lemaire, who was the first to enter the Pacific by rounding Cape Horn, discovering that Tierro del Fuego was not part of the southern continent, 'Terra Australis'. Includes Japan, separated by only 50 degrees from the California coast. 'Terra Yesso' is shown as having been discovered by the Dutch in 1645. In Italian. Clancy, Mapping of Terra Australis, 6.20; McLoughlin 104; Tooley, Mapping of Australia, 350.