1688 Coronelli Globe Gore of the South Atlantic
By: Vincenzo Coronelli
Date: 1688 (circa) Venice
Dimensions: 18.75 x 11.75 (top) x 7.5 (bottom) inches (47.63 x 29.85 cm)
This fascinating terrestrial globe gore of the South Atlantic by Vincenzo Coronelli includes a wide variety of vignettes, some depicting life and customs of the region with others depicting myths and legends. Vignettes of Native African and South American fishermen plying their trade are depicted in various scenes of whaling along with the battling of sea monsters. A wide variety of fishing vessels specific to these indigenous cultures are depicted, from small rafts to large barges with sails. Another vignette, more influenced by allegory than reality, shows a trio of sea nymphs carrying an enormous elephant trunk.
Tracks of the voyages of Alexandre, Chevalier de Chamont and French Jesuits in 1685-86 are shown. At the bottom of the gore is Terra de Pappagalli (land of parrots) faintly engraved, depicting part of the mythical great southern continent.
About these Globe Gores: In the early 1680s Coronelli gained fame for having constructed two enormous globes – one terrestrial and the other celestial – over fifteen feet in diameter for Louis XIV. The two globes were drawn and coloured by hand. His later globes were based on printed gores, examples of which are held by the British Library and the Library of Congress.
Condition: This map is in A condition. Beautiful hand coloring with even toning.
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