Auction 145, Lot 15

"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita per N. Visscher", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1663 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
18.6 x 12.2 inches
47.2 x 31 cm

This superb double hemisphere world map is surrounded by engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife. Visscher's decorations were so popular several other cartographers copied them. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system appear within the cusps of the hemispheres. The northwest coast of North America is greatly exaggerated with the fictional El Streto d'Anian, while California is shown as a peninsula. In the Pacific, Western Australia, Van Diemens Landt and a bit of New Zealand are also noted. This is the first state. Dutch text on verso.

References: Shirley #431; Poortman & Augusteijn #118.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with two tiny worm holes at far left and right just above the Tropic of Capricorn. There are professional repairs to two small worm tracks in title and a tear adjacent to centerfold that enters 1" into map at bottom

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 6/12/2013

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