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Auction 185, Lot 5

"Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro in Plurimis Emendatus, Auctus, et Icunculis Illustratus", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 12.2 inches
47.8 x 31 cm
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An exquisitely decorated double hemisphere world map, surrounded by engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife. This is Visscher's first world map to be included in Dutch Bibles. It was so popular that the surrounding decorations were copied by several other cartographers. Two celestial spheres are displayed in the Eastern Hemisphere. In the lower part of the Western Hemisphere text describes the discovery of America and recent voyages of discovery. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system are tucked between the hemispheres. The northwest coast of North America is exaggerated and shows California correctly as a peninsula. Parts of Australia and Van Diemen's Land are shown but the north and east coasts of Australia are not depicted. Dutch text on verso.

References: Poortman & Augusteijn #83; Shirley #401.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a bright sheet, issued folding and now flattened. There are professional repairs to several short fold separations, a tear at bottom right that just passes the neatline, and a chip at bottom left confined to the blank margin. The right and left margins have been professionally extended to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 11/17/2021