"Werreldt Kaert", Van de Putte
Period: 1715 (circa)
Color: Black & White
18.8 x 12.2 inches
47.8 x 31 cm
The decorative elements of this ornate map are based on the Visscher-Berchem map of 1658. The cartography of North America includes the island of California with the coastline above the island stretching westward and labeled Nova Albion. The partially formed coastlines of Australia and New Zealand reflect the Dutch discoveries in the region. Two astronomical diagrams are placed between the hemispheres showing the Copernican and Ptolemaic solar systems. In the corners are beautifully rendered scenes of traditional mythology representing the four elements Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Published in a Dutch Bible.
References: Shirley #493; Poortman & Augusteijn #170.
Issued folding with numerous fold separations and several edge tears that enter 1-2" into the map image that have been professionally repaired on verso with archival material. There is a 2.5" tear that extends from the centerfold into South America also repaired on verso, along with some printer's ink residue in the top left corner of the map image.