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Pierre Moullart Sanson:  Hemisphere Inferieur du Globe Terreste pour l'Horizon de l'Antipode de Paris (and) Hemisphere Superieur du Globe Terreste pour l'Horizon de Paris

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Title: Hemisphere Inferieur du Globe Terreste pour l'Horizon de l'Antipode de Paris (and) Hemisphere Superieur du Globe Terreste pour l'Horizon de Paris

Map Maker: Pierre Moullart Sanson

Place / Date: Paris / 1697

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 18 x 9.5 inches

Condition: VG+

Price: $795.00

Inventory ID: 36020


Description:

A rare and unusual pair of polar projections of the World, employing the horizon of Paris and the horizon of the Antipode of Paris.

During the beginning of the Enlightenment period in the late 17th-century, geographers increasingly became fascinated with portraying the globe through a variety of perspectives.  This appealed to the era's ethic of empiricism and desire to quantitatively analyze the natural world.      

The projection to the right shows the Northern Hemipshere, extending from the Northeast Passage and the North Pole across to much of North America, Europe, Africa and most of Asia.  Notably, the projection is Paris-centric, with a horizontal line running through the city (located at 48'50" North).

In line with contemporary curiousity, the projection to the left is centered on the point that is on the direct opposite side of the globe from Paris (Paris' antipode), which is shown to be in the South Pacific Ocean, just below the Tasman Sea.  Overall, the Southern Hemisphere is shown extending from Australia and Southeast Asia to the southern tip of South America, with a very distinctive (if completely fanciful) coastline for Antarctica.

A fascinating pair of projections from a rare geographical work published by Moullart-Sanson.


Related Categories:
Maps of the World
Maps of the Northern Hemisphere
Polar Maps
Maps of the Southern Hemisphere
Maps of the World