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Bellin / Scheley - Karte von den Sud-Laendern


Code: 78325

Title: 'Ins Kleine Gebrachte/ Karte/ von den Sud-Laendern/ Zur Historie der Reisen/ von dem Hrn Bellin Ing. de la Marine/ Mitglied der Konigl. Societ. de Wissens. zu Lond./ 1753.'

Copper engraved map by N.Bellin, from: 'Allgemeine Historie der Reisen...', Leipzig, 1754. The German edition of Bellin's Histoire Generale du Voyages.

A very uncommon and desirable early transitional map of Australia that was published a decade before Cook's first voyage. Based on Dutch discoveries, it hypothesises an unbroken coastline from Tasmania to New Guinea. In the bottom right corner is the partial outline of New Zealand, unvisited for over a century.

The map is in very good condition, slightly browned, existing fold and some very faint off-set.