"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita", Stoopendaal, Bastiaan
Period: 1682 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.3 x 14.2 inches
46.5 x 36.1 cm
This is the first state of this striking twin hemisphere world map from a folio Dutch bible published by Hendrik en Jacob Keur. Surrounded by fabulous scenes from the Visscher-Berchem map of 1658, astronomical diagrams replace the north and south polar circles. These classic scenes depict the abduction of Persephone, Zeus being carried across the heavens in an eagle-drawn chariot, Poseidon commanding his entourage, and Demete receiving the fruits of the Earth. California is depicted as an Island with a flat northern coast labeled Nova Albion, and a small coastline at about where Alaska is located labeled Anian. In Asia the Great Wall of China is shown. Northern and Western Australia, Van Diemens Landt and New Zealand are shown with incomplete coastlines.
References: Shirley #513; Poortman & Augusteijn #129.
Very fine impression and lovely later color. Wide original margins, which is unusual for Bible maps. Professional repair on bottom centerfold.