"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita per N. Visscher", Visscher, Nicolas
Period: 1663 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.6 x 12 inches
47.2 x 30.5 cm
First state of this superb double hemisphere world map 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. Dutch text on verso.
References: Shirley #431; Poortman & Augusteijn #118.
Backed with light Japanese tissue with professional paper restoration affecting the corners with some image replaced with very skilled facsimile.