"[Lot of 2 Untitled Maps - Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere]", Happel, Everard Werner
Period: 1687 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
11.4 x 11.5 inches
29 x 29.2 cm
This is a rare and unusual pair of hemisphere maps engraved by Heinrich Irsinger, an obscure German engraver from Ulm. The Western Hemisphere features California as an island with the coastline of Anian to the northeast of the island. In the South Pacific, New Zealand's western coastline is depicted as well as a group of Polynesian islands. In the Eastern Hemisphere, East Asia is truncated in the north and Australia is partially mapped. In Africa, the Nile is shown emerging from a single large lake south of the Equator. Each sheet is decorated with evocative, somewhat naïve figures representing the natives of continents; male figures in the New World and the more traditional female figures in the Old World. According to Shirley these maps appeared in Happel's Mundus Mirabilis (1687) and Historia Moderna Europae (1692) and may have been included in other works published by Matthaeus Wagner.
References: Shirley (Corrigenda and Addenda) #535A; Shirley (MCC-64) p. 4.
The centerfolds have slight toning, and some minor repairs that have been expertly accomplished, including a nearly invisible 1.5" tear into the bottom of the Western Hemisphere map.