De Wit's Decorative Double Hemisphere Map
"Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula", Ottens/De Wit
Period: 1745 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.8 x 20.3 inches
57.9 x 51.6 cm
Stunning, large double hemisphere showing the island of California and partial shorelines of western Australia and New Zealand. The five Great Lakes include Superior and Huron with open-ended western shores. The exquisite scenes surrounding the map are among the finest decorative motifs on early maps, rendered in lifelike detail. They were etched (rather than engraved) by the important Dutch artist, Romeyn de Hooghe. These lively scenes represent the four elements. Fire is shown by war and destruction; air by the heavens; earth by harvesting and husbandry; and water by ships, a spouting whale and mermaids. There are groups of figures tucked between the hemispheres with polar projection maps above and below. Third state with the imprint of Reiner and Josua Ottens added.
References: Shirley #444.
Lovely color with just a hint of soiling and professional repairs along centerfold at top and bottom. There are a few small chips in bottom blank margin and a few short tears that enter map 1" at bottom that have all been professionally repaired.