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** Closed **
By: Matthias Seutter
Date: 1742 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Condition Code: B+
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Color: hand color
Size: 22.9 x 19.8 inches
58.2 x 50.3 cm
This is one of the most graphic 18th century world maps. The bold engraving style follows Carel Allard's map of 1696 with the central twin hemisphere map surrounded by several smaller maps on various projections. The island of California is depicted five times on the sheet. In Asia, Japan is shown in a bizarre shape that incorporates a huge Terra Yedso (Hokkaido). The coastlines of Australia and New Zealand are beginning to take shape, and New Guinea is shown twice - once in each hemisphere. The map is filled with detail including the tracks of several explorers. A richly engraved background of clouds with numerous wind heads, lesser spheres and two cartouches complete the stunning composition.
See also lot 787 for Portinaro & Knirsch's excellent reference book, The Cartography of North America, which discusses this map.
Condition Description: Original color that has been lightly refreshed with minor soiling and several short, professionally repaired centerfold separations. A previous extraneous fold along the equator has been pressed flat and archivally reinforced on verso.
Ref: Portinaro & Knirsch #119; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SEU-2a #3.