"Utriusque Hemispherii Delineatio", Wytfliet, Cornelis
Period: 1597 (circa)
Publication: Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum
Color: Black & White
11.2 x 8.9 inches
28.4 x 22.6 cm
This delicately engraved world map is from the first atlas devoted entirely to the New World. Cartographically it is essentially a reduced version of Rumold Mercator’s map of 1587. The Southern Hemisphere is dominated by a vast Terra Australis. North America is presented with numerous large rivers, featuring the city of Norumbega in the Northeast and Anian Regnum and Quivira Reg. on the bulging western coast. Atlas holds up the double hemisphere map and an elegant strapwork cartouche completes the uncluttered design. Provenance: purchased from Kenneth Nebenzahl.
See also lot 830 for Rodney Shirley's excellent reference work, The Mapping of the World, which discusses this map.
References: Shirley #207; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #308-1.
A nice impression on a lightly toned sheet with the watermark of interlocking "Cs," with minor soiling and a couple of spots of foxing.