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Auction 102, Lot 5

"Orbis Terrarum Typus De Integro Multis In Locis Emendatus", Plancius, Petrus

Subject: World

Period: 1630 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 11.1 inches
50.8 x 28.2 cm

This handsome world map, first issued in 1590, was based on Rumold Mercator's map of 1587. It incorporates the improvements made by Ortelius with a re-shaped South America and the inclusion of the Solomon Islands. On this map, Plancius introduced new information, based on Portuguese reports, on the far-west coast of America and the western coastline of Africa. Japan is shown for the first time as one small and three larger islands. This example is state 3 from a Dutch Bible with the attribution D.R.M. Mathes. It was beautifully engraved by Baptista Doetecum and set in a strapwork surround with a compass rose and armillary sphere tucked between the hemispheres.

References: Shirley #177 (noted as rare).

Condition: B

Close side margins, as is common with Bible maps. A faint damp stain at bottom centerfold barely intruding into map, else fine.

Estimate: $4,750 - $5,500

Sold for: $4,000

Closed on 3/5/2003