Catalog Archive
Auction 160, Lot 773

Scarce First State

"Mar del Zur Hispanis Mare Pacificum", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Pacific Ocean

Period: 1650 (published)

Publication: Novus Atlas

Color: Hand Color

21.4 x 17.3 inches
54.4 x 43.9 cm

This significant map covers the whole Pacific Ocean along with the western coastlines of the Americas, Japan, and a bit of New Guinea and Cape York, Australia, showing the recent Dutch discoveries there. The top of the chart is dominated by a large landmass labeled Terra Incognita. A large Island of California appears, based on the Briggs type, most probably using Abraham Goos' map as a model. A curious chain of islands thread their way across the South Pacific with a legend that identifies these islands as being discovered by Hernando Galego in 1576. The chart is centered on a compass rose with rhumb lines and is ornamented with a great title cartouche with Asian figures and the distance scale with putti using navigational instruments. This is the first state with German text on verso.

References: Burden #292; McLaughlin #11; Tooley (Amer) p. 114, #10; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #0600:1; Wagner (NW) #359.

Condition: B+

A dark impression with full original color and light toning and soiling. A centerfold separation that extends 4" into image at bottom has been archivally repaired with old paper on verso. There is a light damp stain in top right corner of sheet, and several small chips along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900


Closed on 11/16/2016