Auction 130, Lot 24

"Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro in Plurimis Emendatus, Auctus, et Icunculis Illustratus", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1657 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
18.7 x 12.1 inches
47.5 x 30.7 cm

An exquisitely decorated double hemisphere world map, surrounded by engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife. This is Visscher's first world map to be included in Dutch Bibles. It was so popular that the surrounding decorations that were copied by several other cartographers. Two celestial spheres are displayed in the Eastern Hemisphere. In the lower part of the Western Hemisphere text describes the discovery of America and recent voyages of discovery. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system are tucked between the hemispheres. The northwest coast of North America is exaggerated and shows California correctly as a peninsula. Parts of Australia and Van Diemen's Land are shown but the north and east coasts of Australia are not depicted. Dutch text on verso.

References: Shirley #401; Poortman & Augusteijn #83.

Condition: B+

Nice impression and lovely old color. There is some expert (leaf-casting method) paper restoration in the right side margin with a tiny part of the neatline at bottom right in facsimile. There is also an expertly repaired tear that entered the image of the Ptolemaic sphere at bottom.

Estimate: $2,100 - $2,500

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 12/2/2009

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