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Auction 116, Lot 15

"[Lot of 5] Typus Orbis Terrarum [and] America [and] Asia Antiqua et Nova [and] Africa, Antiqua et Nova [and] Summa Europae Antiquae Descriptio", Cluver, Philipp

Subject: World & Continents

Period: 1697 (published)

Publication: Introductio in Universam Geographicam…

Color: Hand Color

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Nice set of maps each finely engraved and embellished with title cartouches. World map measures 12 x 6.3"; others approximately 10.3 x 8".

1) The world map depicts mid-seventeenth century geography with the partial shorelines of a large Terra Australis Incognita and the rudimentary beginning of an unnamed Australian continent. In North America, California is a peninsula with Quivera and Anian expanding the continent too far west. The map is supported on the shoulders of Atlas and surrounded by allegorical representation of the continents; interestingly females represent America and Europe at top, and males represent Asia and Africa at bottom.
2) The map of the Americas is more up-to-date for the period with California presented as an island and the western coastline of New Zealand shown in the Pacific.
3) The map of Africa shows typical seventeenth century cartography with the Nile rising from twin lakes below the equator and spurious details in the interior.
4) The map of Europe shows its ancient divisions.
5) The Asian map is truncated in the Far East with a kite-shaped Japan.

References: World, Shirley #586; Americas, McLaughlin #25-5; Asia, Yeo #26.

Condition: A

Superb impressions and attractive later color. Bit of light foxing in blank margins.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,400

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 9/20/2006