Auction 176, Lot 3

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

Subject: World

Period: 1660 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.7 x 12.1 inches
47.5 x 30.7 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.

See also lot 763 for Rodney Shirley's excellent reference work, The Mapping of the World, that discusses this map.

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

Condition: A

Excellent impression on a bright sheet, issued folding and now flattened. There are professional repairs to several minor separations along the folds and a few short edge tears. The map has been professionally remargined at bottom to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 2/12/2020