"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita per N. Visscher", Visscher, Nicolas
Period: 1677 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.5 x 12 inches
47 x 30.5 cm
This superb double hemisphere world map is surrounded by engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife. Visscher's decorations were so popular several other cartographers copied them. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system appear within the cusps of the hemispheres. The northwest coast of North America is greatly exaggerated with the fictional El Streto d'Anian, while California is shown as a peninsula. In the Pacific, Western Australia, Van Diemens Landt and a bit of New Zealand are also noted. This is the second state with Visscher's grant of privilege noted under the title. Dutch text on verso.
References: Shirley #431; Poortman & Augusteijn #118.
Good impression and wide margins. The bottom fold and a 1.5" tear in the Ptolemaic sphere have been repaired on verso with tissue, and a worm track at center has been infilled.