"Hemisphaerium Orbis Antiqui, Cumzonis, circulis et situ Populorum Diverso", Cellarius, Andreas
Subject: Eastern Hemisphere
Period: 1661 (circa)
Publication: Harmonia Macrocosmica seu Atlas Coelestis
Color: Hand Color
20.4 x 16.5 inches
51.8 x 41.9 cm
A superbly engraved and embellished chart shows the Eastern Hemisphere with the climatic zones, ranging from Frigida Borealis to Torrida, with planetary details superimposed. The bold engraving carries a nice simplicity that includes countries and some key cities. Australia (Nova Hollandia) is not fully mapped with no coastline on the south and east and a land bridge reaching up to connect to New Guinea. The elaborate border includes fine scrollwork, numerous busy putti and additional diagrams showing armillary spheres and climatic zones. The border also incorporates the two decorative title cartouches. Blank verso.
The map image is beautiful with dark, crisp impression and fine color on thick hand laid paper with wide margins. Outside of the map image is lightly toned, more so at top, from a previous framing. Two printer's creases at edges just enter border, a split in lower margin just enters map, well closed on verso, and the upper edge is rough, also a result of prior framing.