"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita", Visscher, Nicolas
Period: 1663 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.6 x 12.1 inches
47.2 x 30.7 cm
This superb double hemisphere world map is surrounded by engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife. Visscher's decorations were so popular several other cartographers copied them. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system appear within the cusps of the hemispheres. The northwest coast of North America is greatly exaggerated with the fictional El Streto d'Anian, while California is shown as a peninsula. In the Pacific, Western Australia, Van Diemens Landt, and a bit of New Zealand are also noted. This is the first state. Dutch text on verso.
References: Poortman & Augusteijn #118; Shirley #431.
A sharp impression on a bright sheet, issued folding and now flattened with a few minor spots. Remargined at right and left with a 1/8" strip of the image at left expertly replaced in facsimile.