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Auction 187, Lot 8

"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita ", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1664 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.4 x 12 inches
46.7 x 30.5 cm
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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 second state with the addition of the Privilege below the title. Dutch text on verso.

References: Poortman & Augusteijn #118; Shirley #431.

Condition: A

A superb, dark impression on a bright sheet, issued folding with very light offsetting, a few tiny rust stains south of the Indian Ocean, and a couple of short tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 4/27/2022