Leiden, Netherlands: Pieter van der Aa, ca. 1712. Original edition. Hand colored copper engraving, map by Jacques Cassini and classical figures engraved by Jan Goeree. Land mass outlines are colored as well. Colors bright and clear. Map cartouches in French and Latin. Very good, lightly restored. Item #15371
This is a remarkable and beautiful antique polar projection map that was derived from the famous 1696 Cassini map. Jean Dominique Cassini's son, Jacques Cassini de Thury, is credited on the map cartouches as "Mr. Cassini le fils". In 1713, Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733), a Dutch publisher, published this particular map in Nicholas Gueudeville's "Le Nouveau Theátre du Monde." Classical figures representing the four seasons and cherubs bearing banners surround the map, making it more attractive to a public audience. This map shows California as an island, and depicts Australia and New Zealand with incomplete outlines. It also shows a northern land mass connecting Asia and North America called "Inconnues, ou, Terre de Iesso." Small stars mark sites on the map where astronomical observations of the eclipses of Jupiter's moons were made to more precisely determine the Earth's lines of longitude. This is the first "scientific" map to feature these longitudinal measurements.