Auction 170, Lot 15

"Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro in Plurimis Emendatus, Auctus, et Incunculis Illustratus", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1650 (published)


Color: Hand Color

18.9 x 12.2 inches
48 x 31 cm

An exquisitely decorated double hemisphere world map, surrounded by engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife. This is Visscher's first world map to be included in Dutch Bibles. It was so popular that the surrounding decorations were copied by several other cartographers. Two celestial spheres are displayed in the Eastern Hemisphere. In the lower part of the Western Hemisphere text describes the discovery of America and recent voyages of discovery. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system are tucked between the hemispheres. The northwest coast of North America is exaggerated and shows California correctly as a peninsula. Parts of Australia and Van Diemen's Land are shown but the north and east coasts of Australia are not depicted. Dutch text on verso.

References: Poortman & Augusteijn #83; Shirley #401.

Condition: B+

A dark impression with professional repairs to a number of chips and tears in the blank margins, only affecting the image at bottom left, in which a chip extends about .5" x 1.5" (to the mouth of the crocodile) into the image, with the image skillfully replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 11/14/2018