FER, NICOLAS DE. 1646-1720.
Mappe-Monde ou Carte Generale de la Terre. Paris: chez l'auteur, 1705/1711.
Four-sheet double-hemisphere wall map engraved by Hendrik van Loon, hand-colored, 770 x 1067 mm (map), 1007 x 1480 mm (sight), surrounding decoration designed and engraved by Nicolas Guerard, surrounding panels of letterpress text dated 1711, framed, several repairs to verso mostly to margins and text panels, some minor marginal restoration.
A RARE FOUR-SHEET WORLD MAP by Nicolas de Fer, constructed from observations made by members of the Royal Academy of Sciences. The map was originally published in 1694; Shirley located two copies in Europe, but was unable to locate a single copy in the US or the UK, and he assigns the map his highest ranking of rarity ("RRR"). In addition to the present edition, there are editions known of 1717 and 1720. Later, modified versions were issued by de Fer's son-in-law Guillaume Danet, and there exists a much more common, double-sheet version of the map. The elaborate borders by Guerard depict heavenly bodies, celestial beings and mythological scenes in the upper half, with the lower half occupied by mankind engaged in trade, commerce, exploration, etc. Shirley Mapping 560; Shirley Portraits 51.
- Please note: the map has been inexpertly backed with subsequent bubbling; in addition there are numerous repaired tears mostly to text panels and the longest being approximately 5 inches, restoration in several small spots with some loss to text in panels, and extensive restoration to margins.