Ritter's Fascinating Sundial World Map
"[Untitled - World]", Ritter, Franz
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.
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.