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An original coloured example of this double hemisphere world map engraved by and after A. Van Krevelt and dated 1773. Contemporary with the period it lacks an east coast to New Holland and displays a perceived north west passage through America. Guillaume Thomas Francois Raynal (1713-96) was a Jesuit author of many historical works including the ‘L’Histoire Philosophique et Politique des établissemens et du commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes’, first published in Amsterdam in 1770 in four volumes. It was perhaps his best-known work but was in fact banned in France, copies being publicly burned in 1779. Following the issue of an arrest warrant he fled the country only to return later and become elected States-General, such were the vagaries of French politics of the time.

This map is from the ‘Atlas Portatif pour server a l’Intelligence de ‘L’Histoire Philosophique et Politique’, designed to accompany the larger work. It was first published in 1773 from which this example comes. A later edition was issued from 1780 using maps by Rigobert Bonne. Not in British Library; Brunet (1860-80) IV, 1126; Koeman (1967-70) II Har 1; Phillips (1909-) 5987; refer Sabin (1868) 68080; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004).

RAYNAL, Guillaume Thomas Francois

Mappe-Monde ou Description du Globe Terrestre

Ernest van Harrevelt; Daniel Jean Changuion, Amsterdam, 1773
255 x 380 mm., in very nice full early wash colour, good condition.
Stock number: 10785
£ 325
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