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Auction 123, Lot 21

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

Subject: World

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 11.2 inches
50.8 x 28.4 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 inclusion of the Solomon Islands. 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, although still misshapen. It is beautifully engraved in a strapwork surround with a compass rose and armillary sphere tucked between the hemispheres. This example is the third state from a Dutch Bible with the attribution D.R.M. Mathes. Engraved by Baptista Doeticum, Dutch text on verso.

References: Shirley #177.

Condition: B

Superb impression with attractive color. The side margins have been invisibly, professionally replaced by the leaf-casting method with skillful reinstatement of the borders about 1/2 inch on each side.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,500

Closed on 2/20/2008