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Auction 181, Lot 5

World Map on Gores in an Unusual Projection

"[On 2 Sheets] Novum Orbis Terrarum Schema, in Plano sic Descriptum, ut Graduum tum Circa Polos Dilatatio, tum Circa Aequatorem Coarctatio Excludatur...",

Subject: World

Period: 1628 (published)

Publication: Doctrina de Ponderibus, Monetis, et Mensuris...

Color: Black & White

10.6 x 11.1 inches
26.9 x 28.2 cm

This odd and uncommon map by German minister Daniel Angelocrator (1569-1635) presents the world in a projection of his own invention. It divides the world into four gores, each consisting of two spherical triangles. The map is derived from Dutch cartographer Nicolaes van Geelkercken (ca. 1585-1656). The most striking geographical feature on the map is the massive southern continent, which incorporates New Guinea. Northwestern North America is especially exaggerated. Korea is depicted as an island, and Japan is identified as Jagan and is in relatively close proximity to North America. There is little inland detail aside from some major rivers and an unusually configured Caspian Sea.

The map appeared in Doctrina de Ponderibus, Monetis, et Mensuris..., a work published by Johann Nicolaus Stoltzenberger that covers a wide range of topics including surveying techniques, solids and liquids, and money. Another map appears in the book showing the world in the same projection but from a polar perspective.

References: Shirley #320.

Condition: A

Issued folding, now flat, with some faint spots. The first image is a composite image - the map is on 2 separate sheets.

Estimate: $2,400 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 2/10/2021