Auction 149, Lot 13

Rare Second State

"Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus", Plancius, Petrus

Subject: World

Period: 1592 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 11.2 inches
51.1 x 28.4 cm

This handsome world map, first issued in 1590, was based on Rumold Mercator's map of 1587. It incorporates the improvements made by Ortelius with a re-shaped South America and inclusion of the Solomon Islands. Plancius introduced new information, based on Portuguese reports, on the far-west coast of America and the western coastline of Africa. Japan is shown for the first time as one small and three larger islands, although still misshapen. It is beautifully engraved in a strapwork surround with a compass rose and armillary sphere tucked between the hemispheres. This example is the very rare second state from a Dutch Bible. Engraved by Baptista Doeticum, with Dutch text on verso.

References: Shirley #177; Poortman & Augusteijn #72.

Condition: A

Issued folding, with excellent color and expert repairs to a few short fold separations. There is a faint damp stain in top blank margin that is not visible in image. Narrow side margins, as issued.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500

Sold for: $2,750

Closed on 5/21/2014