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Auction 109, Lot 15

"Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula", Kaerius, Petrus

Subject: World

Period: 1630 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21 x 15.5 inches
53.3 x 39.4 cm

This is Petrus Kaerius' scarce version of Blaeu's carte-a-figures map of the world. The interesting and detailed border decorations are identical to those of Blaeu and consist of the seven planets across the top, the seven wonders of the world along the bottom and the four elements and four seasons flanking the map. Geographically the map itself is also copied from Blaeu, but includes more legends and additions referring to explorations in the Arctic. A long note near the cartouche discusses the theory that the straits of Anian and Davis link to form a Northwest Passage. He has also added rhumb lines radiating from three compass roses. The map was first published and dated 1608. In 1621 Kaerius sold his plates to Jan Jansson who then issued the map with his imprint. This example is the fourth state with Jansson's imprint and no date. Blank verso.

References: Shirley #264.

Condition: A

Fine impression and color. Minor repair on upper centerfold.

Estimate: $15,000 - $17,000

Sold for: $12,500

Closed on 12/1/2004