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Auction 102, Lot 7

"Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: World

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 16.1 inches
54.6 x 40.9 cm

This famous map is a supreme example of the mapmaker's art with carte-a-figures border depicting allegorical representations of the sun, moon, and the five known planets, the four elements and the four seasons. Along the bottom are vignettes showing the seven wonders of the world: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus over the harbor at Rhodes, the Pyramids, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus at Cairo, the Temple of Diana, the Statue of Jupiter and the lighthouse at Alexandria. Petrus Plancius' world map of 1592 was the main source of geographical information. The map itself is richly decorated with cartouches, sea battles, monsters and compass roses. German text on verso.

References: Shirley #255, state 4.

Condition: A

Fine crisp impression. Close margins (1/4") and expert repair of centerfold with a couple of letters of very fine and minor facsimile.

Estimate: $15,000 - $17,000

Sold for: $11,000

Closed on 3/5/2003