"[Untitled - World]", Jagen, Jan van
Period: 1741 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
17.8 x 12 inches
45.2 x 30.5 cm
Lovely double hemisphere from a Dutch Bible published by the Keur family. The map is surrounded by allegorical representations of the continents based on Visscher. The Keur publishing family used Daniel Stoopendaal's world map titled "Werelt Caert" (Ref: Shirley #498) for 70 years in their Bibles. When the plate became worn, Jan van Jagen was commissioned to engrave a new plate. It was updated with California shown correctly as a peninsula, the addition of several Pacific islands and a corrected East Asian coastline. The northwest coast of North America is left completely blank, Australia is partially mapped and there is only a hint of New Zealand. Diagrams of the Copernican and Ptolemaic solar systems rest between the hemispheres. J. v. Jagen's signature at bottom just left of center. Dutch text on verso.
References: Poortman & Augusteijn #137.
A very sharp impression and good margins all around. A centerfold separation that enters 1" into map image at bottom and a 3/4" tear adjacent to centerfold at bottom have both been professionally repaired. There are a few other tiny repaired tears in blank margins.