"A Mercator chart of the World by Thomas Bowen" 1779 old antique map
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"A Mercator chart of the World by Thomas Bowen" 1779 old antique map

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TITLE/CONTENT OF MAP: 'A Mercator chart of the World by Thomas Bowen'

This fascinating map has a number of interesting features. Newly discovered Australia is shown attached to Tasmania. "Alaschka" (Alaska) is shown as a modest-sized island off the north west coast of North America, which itself has a mis-shapen and uncertain outline. The American/Canadian west is named "Fou-Shang of the Chinese", the "Fusang" referred to in ancient Chinese literature as a mysterious land to the East, indicating a theory of the time that North America had been discovered by a Chinese Buddhist missionary in 499 AD. This theory was not comprehensively refuted until the early 20th century. Two "New South Wales" are marked on the map, one in its then newly discovered and named location in south eastern Australia, the other "New South Wales" is marked in what is now roughly Manitoba, Canada ("New North Wales" is marked above it, in Nunavit). The routes of the James Cook and Tobias Furneaux, who accompanied Cook on his second voyage, are marked on the map.

The top image on the right hand side shows the entire map. To view a close up of the map showing the level of printed detail, please click on the bottom image on the right hand side. This map is folding hence the centrefold line may show on the image below

DATE PRINTED: 1779    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 35.0 x 44.5cm, 13.75 x 17.5 inches (Large); Please note that this is a folding map.

TYPE: Antique copperplate map

CONDITION: Fair: Toning and wear along centrefold; some paper loss in top and bottom margin, repaired verso. Creasing. Please note any other blemishes on the scan prior to purchasing this picture. Please note that the image is not rectangular and text impedes into the overall dimensions of the image (see scan). Please contact us if you would like to arrange to view this map. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic map, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain

FOLDING: This is a folding map.

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Charles Theodore Middleton, esq

PROVENANCE: A New and Complete System of Geography containing a full accurate, authentic and interesting account and description of Europe, Asia, Africa and America etc. by Charles Theodore Middleton printed fo J.Cooke Pater-noster Row, London


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