"De Werelt Caart", Danckerts/Wetstein
Period: 1718 (published)
Color: Hand Color
20.1 x 14.3 inches
51.1 x 36.3 cm
This is Cornelius Danckerts' second world map; his first being a re-engraved version of his father's map. This map is presented in the new scientific style popular at the turn of the 18th century. Danckerts retained the continental outlines from his father's map, including the island form of California. However, he updated information on the course of the Mississippi from recent French discoveries. Terra Esonis stretches across the Pacific from just above California nearly to Asia and the land of Yedso above Japan. Tasman's discoveries relating to Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania are shown in the Pacific. North and south polar projections appear at the top and bottom between the spheres. In each upper corner are illustrations of the Ptolemaic theory on the revolution of the planets and stars around the earth. In the lower corners are diagrams of the movement of the Sun throughout varying degrees of latitude, and a plan of the Sun, Moon and Earth during lunar and solar eclipses. There are extensive notations in Dutch at the top and a keyed table of latitude at the bottom.
References: Shirley #615; Poortman & Augusteijn #159.
Issued folding, now flattened, on paper with a large coat of arms watermark and very light soiling. There are professional repairs to a tiny fold separation at top left and a small hole along the fold at top right, almost entire confined to the blank margin with a minute amount of neatline replaced in facsimile.