Auction 117, Lot 11

"Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus", Plancius, Petrus

Subject: World

Period: 1620 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 11.3 inches
51.6 x 28.7 cm

This handsome world map, first issued in 1590, was based on Rumold Mercator's map of 1587. It incorporates the improvements made by Ortelius with a re-shaped South America and the inclusion of the Solomon Islands. On this map Plancius introduced new information, based on Portuguese reports, on the far-west coast of America and the western coastline of Africa. Japan is shown for the first time as one small and three larger islands. This example is state 3 from a Dutch Bible with the attribution D.R.M. Mathes. It was beautifully engraved by Baptista Doetecum and set in a strapwork surround with a compass rose and armillary sphere tucked between the hemispheres.

References: Shirley #177

Condition: B

Expert repairs along outside folds with slight loss and facsimile, and some paper replacement (leaf-casting method) in side margins. These repairs were skillfully executed and are only visible on very close inspection.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 12/6/2006