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Auction 107, Lot 12

"Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro in Plurimis Emendatus, Auctus, et Icunculis Illustratus", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1670 (circa)


Color: Black & White

18.8 x 12.2 inches
47.8 x 31 cm
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This map is a direct derivative of Nicolas Visscher's first world map designed for inclusion in Dutch Bibles. It has been re-engraved, is nominally larger, and this example is from a German Bible. Identical engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife surround the double hemisphere world map. Two celestial spheres are displayed in the Eastern Hemisphere. In the lower part of the Western Hemisphere is text describing the discovery of America and recent voyages of discovery. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system are tucked between the hemispheres. The northwest coast of North America is exaggerated and shows California correctly as a peninsula. Parts of Australia and Van Diemen's Land are shown but the north coast of Australia is not depicted. It also includes the western coastline of New Zealand. German text on verso.

References: Shirley #414.

Condition: A

Good margins with a little soil. Couple of tiny rust spots in map, still very good.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000


Closed on 6/9/2004