"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita", Stoopendaal, Bastiaan
Period: 1682 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.5 x 14.2 inches
47 x 36.1 cm
First state of this striking twin hemisphere world map from a folio Dutch Bible. Surrounded by fabulous scenes from the Visscher-Berchem map of 1658 with astronomical diagrams in place of the north and south polar circles. These classic scenes depict the abduction of Persephone, Zeus being carried across the heavens in an eagle-drawn chariot, Poseidon commanding his entourage, and Demeter receiving the fruits of the Earth. California is depicted as an island with a flat northern coastline labeled Nova Albion, and a small island at about where Alaska is located labeled Anian. In Asia the Great Wall of China is shown. Northern and Western Australia, Van Diemens Landt and New Zealand are shown with incomplete coastlines. New Guinea looks as if it may be attached to Australia. Dutch text on verso.
References: Shirley #513; Poortman & Augusteijn #129 G-1.
The impression is velvety. The centerfold has been reinforced professionally and invisibly by the leaf-casting method, with a couple of lines on facsimile on the neatline.