Auction 137, Lot 31

Ritter's Fascinating Sundial World Map

"[Untitled - World]", Ritter, Franz

Subject: World

Period: 1640 (published)

Publication: Speculum Solis…

Color: Black & White

14.5 x 11.3 inches
36.8 x 28.7 cm

This scarce and extremely unusual map shows the world projected from the North Pole as if it were the table of a sundial. The landmasses are drawn to scale in proportion to their distance from the pole. The result is a very distorted, though mathematically correct, projection. The map is filled with engravings of animals, sea monsters, ships, and a few bizarre characters, such as a pair of headless humans, and is surrounded by a floral border. This is the second state.

References: Shirley #270.

Condition: A

Fine impression with faint soiling in borders. Blank margins have been professionally remargined with a bit of very skilled facsimile in the border at left.

Estimate: $14,000 - $17,000

Sold for: $8,500

Closed on 9/14/2011