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Auction 105, Lot 43

"Orbis Vetus Cum Origine Magnarum in eo Gentium A Filiis et Nepotibus Noe", Danckwerth, Casper

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1651 (dated)

Publication: Newe Landesbeschreibung der zweij Hertzogthumer Schleswig und Holstein…

Color: Hand Color

21 x 17 inches
53.3 x 43.2 cm

Scarce map of the Old World from this atlas devoted to the German province of Schleswig-Holstein that was published in collaboration with Johann Meyer in 1652 and again in 1681. Christian Rothgiesser engraved this stunning map with a border of cherubs, fruit, garlands, gargoyles and garden scenes. Four cartouches fill the corners of the map; the two lower ones listing the descendants of Noah. The map presents a classical view naming the continents of Japheth, Schem and Cham after the sons of Noah. A huge Terra Australis Veteribus Prorsus Incognita balances the rest of the globe. The North Pole is shown as a central landmass and four islands divided by flowing seas, based on Mercator. The Asian continent is severely truncated with a 'kite' shaped Japan and the island of Korea. Africa is portrayed in Ptolemaic style. The interior is devoid of place names and distinguished only by major topographical features.

References: Shirley #388.

Condition: B

Some old creasing along centerfold with professional repairs on centerfold and a couple of minor tears. Right margin re-enforced. Narrow bottom margin.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 12/3/2003