DESNOS, L.C

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DESNOS, L.C

Mappemonde Dressée sur les Relations les Plus Nouvelles et les plus approuvées assujeties aux Observations de Mrs. De L'Académie Royale des Sciences. Paris, l'Auteur, 1761. Col. Carte contrecollée sur une toile épaisse, rousseurs éparses, papier légèrement froissé. - Laid on canvas, marginal brown spotting, paper slightly creased. 520 x 760 mm. Etat non recensé à la date de 1761. Mappemonde "Dédiée a sa Majesté Catholique Charles III Roy des Espagnes et des Indes". Ornée dans les angles d'allégories des 4 continents, en haut de systèmes solaires (selon Kircher), lunaires (selon Cassini) et d'autres planètes. Desnos allie sur cette carte les grandes découvertes et explorations aux plus récentes informations cartographiques. Dans le Pacifique sont indiquées les routes des explorateurs Anson, Magellan, Le Maire & Schouten. Dans l'Atlantique, la route de l'explorateur français Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier est indiquée. On porte à son crédit la découverte du Cap de la Circoncision (île Bouvet), il passa près de l'Antarctique mais sans pouvoir accoster. La carte figure les gigantesques icebergs qu'il rencontra en décembre 1738 et janvier 1739. Les explorations du Capitaine Frondat sont également portées sur la carte. Capitaine sur le Saint-Antoine, il fait du commerce jusqu'en Chine et au Japon. De retour, il passe plus au nord que les Galions espagnols et observe les îles au large de la Californie, c'est le premier Français à emprunter cette route. - Dated 1761, this state is unknown. "Desnos' includes a fine combination of up to date cartographic information and the routes of important 18th century voyages of exploration, along with several of the great cartographic myths and misconceptions. The discoveries of Tchirkow, von Strahlenberg and De L'Isle de la Croyere accurately document the Russian explorations in the region are noted, with the first Russian explorations in the region dated 1731. The explorations of the French Captain Nicholas de Frondat are shown. Frondat, who was captain of the Saint Antoine, had gone as far as China and Japan to trade. On his way back, following a northern route, even more northern than the route taken by the Manila Galleon, he was able to observe the islands off California, as stated in his logbook, the first Frenchman to make this route. To the south, in the Pacific, the routes of Anson, Magellan, and Le Maire & Schouten are shown. In the South Atlantic, the route of the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier is shown. Bouvet left France in 1738, with the intent of making discoveries in the so-called South Seas which could accommodate French trading vessels going to Asia. He is credited with the discovering the Cape of Circumcision (Bouvet Island), although he fell considerably short of the Antarctic Coastline he sought. The map shows the icebergs and lands spotted by Bouvet in December 1738 and January 1739." The explorations of the French Captain Nicholas de Frondat are shown. Frondat, who was captain of the Saint Antoine, had gone as far as China and Japan to trade. On his way back, following a northern route, even more northern than the route taken by the Manila Galleon, he was able to observe the islands off California, as stated in his logbook, the first Frenchman to make this route. Map is ornated with allegorical figures showing the 4 continents as female figures (Asia top left, Europe top right, America bottom left, Africa top right)
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