Auction 124, Lot 13

"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita", Stoopendaal, Bastiaan

Subject: World

Period: 1682 (published)


Color: Hand Color

18 x 14 inches
45.7 x 35.6 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, but with astronomical diagrams in place of the north and south polar circles. 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. A small island in the vicinity of Alaska is labeled Anian. In Asia, the Great Wall of China is illustrated. Northern and Western Australia, Van Diemens Landt and New Zealand have 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.

Condition: A

A very nice impression with attractive later color. There is a stain in the bottom margin, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $2,100 - $2,400

Sold for: $2,300

Closed on 5/7/2008