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Auction 102, Lot 20

"Planisphaerium Terrestre cum…", Anon.

Subject: World

Period: 1750 (published)

Publication: Hubner's Staats Zeitungs Lexicon

Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 7.4 inches
21.6 x 18.8 cm

Small and very decorative double hemisphere map. California is depicted as an Island. Australia includes the western and northern coasts and the discoveries of Van Diemen. There are numerous Pacific islands including much of the western coastline of New Zealand. Five astronomical diagrams decorate the top of the map. At the base is a pair of globes and an armillary sphere, which is surrounded by putti using a variety of scientific instruments. The background is taken from a map by Homann displaying natural phenomenon such as volcanoes, earthquakes, waterspouts and a rainbow. The map was included in a geography book as the upper margin includes "Tab. I. Ad Geograph. et Astronom."


Condition: B

Two expertly repaired tears entering map at left and now barely visible.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $700

Closed on 3/5/2003