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[World maps, hemispherical maps on two sheets] Hemisphere Oriental Dressée en 1720 pour l'usage particulier du Roy sur les Observations Astronomiques et Geographiques raportées la même année dans l'Histoire et dans les memoires del' Academie Rle. des Sciences [and] Hemisphere Occidental Dresse en 1720..
Paris: chez l'Auteur le Sieur Delisle sur le Quay de l'Horloge, 1724. Hand-coloured copper-engraved maps. Good condition but just shaved into plate area at upper and lower margins. A pair of hemispherical maps of the World, by De l'Isle. Guillaume de l'Isle (1675-1726) was the son of a cartographer and a pupil of Jean Dominique Cassini, who, among other important contributions, aligned the study of astronomy to the study of geography. Under Cassini's direction, observations were made from locations all over the world that enabled longitudinal calculations to be made with much greater accuracy. De l'Isle carried on this exacting work with remarkable dedication and integrity, constantly revising and improving his maps. These maps exemplify the characteristics which led to De l'Isle achieving his reputation as the outstanding cartographer of his age. He was very exacting about geographical information, and what wasn't known, for example the northwestern coast of North America, he left blank. He avoided to a remarkable extent common mistakes passed on from mapmaker to mapmaker, including the widely believed notion that California was an island. While precision was his primary goal, his maps are invariably elegant and attractive.
      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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