Auction 127, Lot 28

"Diversi Globi Terr-Aquei Statione Variante et Visu Intercedente per Coluros Tropicorum per Ambos Polos…", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: World

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.7 x 19.5 inches
57.7 x 49.5 cm

This is one of the most graphic 18th century world maps. The bold engraving style follows Carel Allard's map of 1696 with the central twin hemisphere map surrounded by several smaller maps on various projections. The island of California is depicted five times on the sheet. In Asia, Japan is shown in a bizarre shape that incorporates Terra Yedso (Hokkaido). The coastlines of Australia and New Zealand are beginning to take shape, and New Guinea is shown twice - once in each hemisphere. The map is filled with detail including the tracks of several explorers. A richly engraved background of clouds with numerous wind heads, lesser spheres and two cartouches complete the stunning composition.

References: Portinaro & Knirsch #119.

Condition: A

Nice impression and original color. Minor surface soil in margins and slight creasing along centerfold.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 2/25/2009

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