World Map discovery navigator tracks Stony Mts. 1801 Cary lovely large old mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
A New Chart of the World on Mercator's Projection: Exhibiting the Tracks & Discoveries of the Most Eminent Navigators to the Present Period.
(Exploration map of world showing tracks )
Issued 1801, London by John Cary.
Attractive early 19th century antique engraved map with original outline hand color.
Finely engraved world map which focuses on the voyages of Discovery of the 18th century. Detailed nautical exploration tracks are annotated with dates for Capt. Cook, Vancouver, la Perouse and others.
As typical for the era, the interior of North America is largely blank, just a huge lake with "Dogg nation" (Indians) beside it. The Canadian Rocky mountain range is called "Stony Mountains" and end before starting again hundreds of miles east of this. The incomplete northern coastline of Alaska is typical of the uncertainty of the era, the search for a Northwest Passage still very much alive. New Zealand is recently completely mapped, the southern coast of Australia with the typical imprecise outline showing no details.
The interior of Africa is labelled "parts unknown", there are scattered engraved notations about speculative terrain features, etc.
Paper and image remains clean and well preserved with a fine patina and visual appeal.
Original fold line as issued.
Sheet measures c. 22"H x 26 1/2"W.
Printed area measures c. 18"H x 20 1/2"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. 1, p. 239.
Philips, Atlases in Library of Congress , 417.
Fordham, John Cary.
Map Collector 43, pp. 40-47 (Cary Family) and #57, pp. 32-7 (English Atlas).