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Auction 109, Lot 12

"Utriusque Hemispherii Delineatio", Wytfliet, Cornelis

Subject: World

Period: 1597 (circa)

Publication: Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum…

Color: Black & White

11.49 x 9 inches
29.2 x 22.9 cm

This delicately engraved world map is from the first atlas devoted entirely to the New World. Cartographically it is essentially a reduced version of Rumold Mercator’s map of 1587. The Southern Hemisphere is dominated by a vast Terra Australis. North America is presented with numerous large rivers, featuring the city of Norumbega in the Northeast and Anian Regnum and Quivira Reg. on the bulging western coast. The double hemisphere map rests on Atlas' shoulders and an elegant strapwork cartouche completes the uncluttered design.

References: Shirley #207.

Condition: A+

Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $1,700 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 12/1/2004