Thursday, February 14, 2008

The World circa 1757

Today's aesthetically pleasing map is from the collection of Johan Huizing of France.

The contributor offers the following description: This is a map of the world by Thomas Jefferys, London, c. 1757. Double-hemispheric world map with a shaded area between the tropics illustrating the prevailing winds. In North America the entire seaboard is labeled “British Emp,” with Georgia, Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New York and New England all named. The Great Lakes appear, as does the Mississippi River. In the eastern hemisphere, New Holland (Australia) is mapped in full. But except for a tiny landfall discovered in 1739, the Antarctic continent does not appear at all. In the corners are decorative figures representing the elements – fire, water, earth and air.

Our thanks to Mr. Huizing for sharing this map with us!


Anonymous said...

Accurate and pretty. I guess Jefferys was the leading mapper of his day with good reason.

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