"Les Nouvelles Decouvertes Faites Jusqua Ce Jour"
Published by Le Rouge, 1748
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
This wonderful reproduction of the originally hand-colored copperplate engraving of the world was published in 1748 by French cartographer, George Le Rouge.
Embellished with a colorful cartouche, the border surrounding this double hemisphere map is beautifully decorated with peoples of the world. The Pacific Coast of North America is shrouded in mystery, and although California is correctly identified as part of the mainland and not an island, the West, which was yet to be fully explored, is lacking definition.
Three years prior to the publication of this map, the British Fleet, assisted by New England colonists, captured Louisburg (located off the northeast coast of North America) from the French. This would be one of many battles fought between the British and French during the colonization of North America.
Also of note is the designation of Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania as the continent of Australia, or "Nouvelle Hollande."
We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.