"Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accuratissima Tabula", Aa, Pieter van der
Period: 1710 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
11.6 x 6.8 inches
29.5 x 17.3 cm
Presented in classical format, this double hemisphere world map depicts North America with the island of California and no Great Lakes. Compagnies Land fills a small part of the vast void that separates Asia from North America. Partial coastlines for Australia and New Zealand reflect the discoveries of Abel Tasman and other Dutch explorers. Allegorical female representations of the four continents fill the bottom of the decorative surround, while garland-draped columns fill the top. Tucked between the spheres in a mass of clouds is a fascinating and imaginative view of the earth as seen from space.
Issued folding, now flattened, on a bright sheet with a couple of tiny, unobtrusive rust spots.