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Auction 115, Lot 36

"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita Per N. Visscher", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1867 (published)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 12 inches
47 x 30.5 cm

This is a very unusual nineteenth century edition of one of the most popular world maps of the seventeenth century. First produced in 1663, this map appeared in Dutch bibles as late as the 1780's (as noted by Shirley) and then reappeared in the mid-19th century. Classical engravings include allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife surrounding the double hemispheres. The cartography has not been updated. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system appear within the cusps of the hemispheres. Printed on machine-made paper, it is apparently from the second state of the plate, with Dutch text on verso.

References: cf Shirley #431; Poortman & Augusteijn #118 - this edition not noted in either reference.

Condition: A

Couple of small tears in blank margins, well away from map.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/21/2006