Auction 102, Lot 18

"Nova Delineatio Totius Orbis Terrarum Per Petrum Vander Aa", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: World

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.5 x 10.1 inches
34.3 x 25.7 cm

Originally engraved by Jacob van Meurs in 1660, and reissued here by Vander Aa, this map is based on Arnold Colom's wonderfully graphic map from the first world maritime atlas. California is an Island, separated from Nova Albion, which stretches towards Asia and off the map. The western coast of New Zealand appears, as do several other important Pacific islands. Australia is partially mapped and only the southern tip of Tasmania appears. Each hemisphere includes a strapwork cartouche, one with the Dutch title Niewe Werelt Caart. Superb engravings surround the map with six statuesque female allegorical representations of the Goddesses of Day and Night and the elements of Fire, Air, Water and Earth.

References: Shirley #417.

Condition: A+

Couple of minor paper defects in blank margins, but still very fine with a very sharp impression.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 3/5/2003

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