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Auction 180, Lot 4

Plancius' World Map Surrounded by Elegant Strapwork

"Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus", Plancius, Petrus

Subject: World

Period: 1647 (circa)


Color: Black & White

20.1 x 11.3 inches
51.1 x 28.7 cm

This handsome world map, first issued in 1590, was based on Rumold Mercator's map of 1587. It incorporates the improvements made by Ortelius with a re-shaped South America and inclusion of the Solomon Islands. Plancius introduced new information, based on Portuguese reports, on the far-west coast of America and the western coastline of Africa. Japan is shown for the first time as one small and three larger islands, although still misshapen. It is beautifully engraved in a strapwork surround with a compass rose and armillary sphere tucked between the hemispheres. This example is the third state from a Dutch Bible with the attribution D.R.M. Mathes. Engraved by Baptista Doeticum, with Dutch text on verso.

References: Shirley #177; Poortman & Augusteijn #72.

Condition: B

A nice impression, issued folding with light soiling. The right and left edges of the sheet were trimmed between 0.25" and 0.75" into the image, with the missing image skillfully and seamlessly replaced in facsimile. Due to the expert conservation, this map presents itself beautifully.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 11/18/2020