"Werreldt Kaert", Putte, I.
Period: 1718 (published)
Color: Hand Color
18.8 x 12.3 inches
47.8 x 31.2 cm
The decorative elements of this ornate map are based on the Visscher-Berchem map of 1658. The cartography of North America includes the island of California with the coastline above the island stretching westward and labeled Nova Albion. The partially formed coastlines of Australia and New Zealand reflect the Dutch discoveries in the region. Two astronomical diagrams are placed between the hemispheres showing the Copernican and Ptolemaic solar systems. In the corners are beautifully rendered scenes of traditional mythology representing the four elements Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Published in a Dutch Bible.
References: Shirley #493; Poortman & Augusteijn #170.
A bright sheet, issued folding and now flattened with professional repairs to several short fold separations. The left margin has been professionally extended to accommodate framing.