"Magnum Mare del Zur cum Insula California - De Groote Zuyd-Zee en 't Eylandt California", Wit, Frederick de
Subject: Pacific Ocean
Period: 1680 (circa)
Publication: Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas
Color: Hand Color
22.3 x 19.4 inches
56.6 x 49.3 cm
First state of this superb mariner's chart of the Pacific Ocean showing the island of California. The important Dutch discoveries are noted on the northern coast of Australia, Carpentaria, New Guinea, Anthoni van Diemens Landt (Tasmania) and New Zealand. North of Japan the discoveries of De Vries are shown along with disembodied sections of 't Land van Eso and Compagnies Lant. De Wit has omitted the chain of islands and hypothetical coastline of the southern continent that is commonly found on maps of this period. Instead he has presented a fairly good view of the few known Pacific Island groups. The chart is adorned with rhumb lines, sailing ships, sea battles and a compass rose. The Baroque-style title cartouche features a portrait of Magellan, cherubs, and Neptune with a female consort riding a brace of sea-horses.
References: McLaughlin #59; Tooley (Amer) p. 122, #40.
Fine impression and splendid original color. Bit of faint toning and a small repaired tear on top centerfold. The color and impression far outweigh the unobtrusive flaws.