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Auction 125, Lot 45

"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita per N. Visscher", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1867 (published)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 12.2 inches
47 x 31 cm

This is a very unusual nineteenth century edition of one of the most popular world maps of the seventeenth century. First produced in 1663, this map appeared in Dutch bibles as late as the 1780's (as noted by Shirley) and then reappeared in this bible in the mid 19th century. Classical engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife surround the double hemisphere. The cartography has not been updated. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system lie within the cusps of the hemispheres. Printed on machine-made paper, apparently from the second state of the plate (with the privilege noted below the title), with Dutch text on verso. This provides the collector with the opportunity to collect a genuine antique map at a fraction of the cost of the first state.

References: cf Shirley #431; Poortman & Augusteijn #118 - this edition not noted in either reference.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300


Closed on 9/24/2008