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Auction 101, Lot 27

"[World]", Jagen, Jan van

Subject: World

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17.8 x 12 inches
45.2 x 30.5 cm
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Beautiful double hemisphere from a Dutch Bible published by the Keur family. The map is surrounded by allegorical representations of the continents, based on Visscher. The Keur publishing family used Daniel Stoopendaal's world map titled "Werelt Caert" (Ref: Shirley #498) for 70 years in their bibles. When the plate became worn, Jan van Jagen was commissioned to engrave a new plate. It was updated with California shown correctly as a peninsula, the addition of several Pacific islands and a corrected East Asian coastline. The northwest coast of North America is left completely blank, Australia is partially mapped and there is only a hint of New Zealand. Diagrams of the Copernican and Ptolemaic solar systems rest between the hemispheres.


Condition: B

Lower right corner of engraving including the figure of America has been restored with expert facsimile of the scene.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,600

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/4/2002