Auction 127, Lot 26

"De Werelt Caart", Danckerts, Cornelius

Subject: World

Period: 1728 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.2 x 14.3 inches
51.3 x 36.3 cm

This is Cornelius Danckerts' second world map; his first being a re-engraved version of his father's map. This map is presented in the new scientific style popular at the turn of the 18th century. Danckerts retained the continental outlines from his father's map, including the island form of California/b>. However, he updated information on the course of the Mississippi from recent French discoveries. Terra Esonis stretches from just above California nearly to Asia and the land of Yedso above Japan. Tasman's discoveries relating to Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania are shown in the Pacific. North and south polar projections appear at the top and bottom between the spheres. In each upper corner are illustrations of Ptolemaic theory on the revolution of the planets and stars around the earth. In the lower corners are diagrams of the movement of the Sun throughout varying degrees of latitude, and a plan of the Sun, Moon and Earth during lunar and solar eclipses. There are extensive notations in Dutch at the top and a keyed table of latitude at the bottom. Dutch text on verso, from a Dutch Bible. This is the second state published by R & J Wetstein and William Smith in Amsterdam and Samuel Luchtmans in Leiden; their imprint is at bottom left.

References: Shirley #615; Poortman & Augusteijn #159 (attributed to Albert Schut).

Condition: A

Nice impression and color with a tiny repaired tear on the centerfold at bottom.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/25/2009