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Auction 146, Lot 54

"Orbis Vetus Cum Origine Magnarum in eo Gentium A Filiis et Nepotibus Noe", Danckwerth, Casper

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1651 (circa)

Publication: Newe Landesbeschreibung der zweij Hertzogthumer Schleswig und Holstein…

Color: Hand Color

21 x 17 inches
53.3 x 43.2 cm
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Scarce map of the Old World from this atlas devoted to the German province of Schleswig-Holstein that was published in collaboration with Johann Meyer in 1652 and again in 1681. Christian Rothgiesser engraved this stunning map with a border of cherubs, fruit, garlands, gargoyles and garden scenes. Four cartouches fill the corners of the map; the two lower ones listing the descendants of Noah. The map presents a classical view naming the continents of Japheth, Schem and Cham after the sons of Noah. A huge Terra Australis Veteribus Prorsus Incognita balances the rest of the globe. The North Pole is shown as a central landmass and four islands divided by flowing seas, based on Mercator. The Asian continent is severely truncated with a 'kite' shaped Japan and the island of Korea. Africa is portrayed in Ptolemaic style. The interior is devoid of place names and distinguished only by major topographical features.

References: Shirley #388.

Condition: A

A nice impression with bold color, one faint spot in the image, and a faint crease along the lower half of the centerfold.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,500

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/4/2013