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Auction 116, Lot 20

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

Subject: World

Period: 1663 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.4 x 12 inches
46.7 x 30.5 cm
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Superb double hemisphere world map surrounded by engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife. Visscher's decorations were so popular several other cartographers copied them. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system appear within the cusps of the hemispheres. The northwest coast of North America is greatly exaggerated and shows California as a peninsula. Western Australia, Van Diemens Landt and a bit of New Zealand are marked. Dutch text on verso.

References: Shirley #431; Poortman & Augusteijn #118.

Condition: A

Dark impression and full original margins. Professional repair on bottom fold separation and a tiny tear just touching neatline.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,400

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 9/20/2006