"Nova Delineatio Totius Orbis Terrarum Per Petrum Vander Aa", Aa, Pieter van der
Period: 1720 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
13.6 x 10.2 inches
34.5 x 25.9 cm
Originally published by Jacob van Meurs in 1660, and reissued here by Van der Aa, this map is based on Arnold Colom's wonderfully graphic map from the first world maritime atlas. California is an island, separated from Nova Albion, which stretches towards Asia and off the map. The western coast of New Zealand appears, as do several other important Pacific islands. Australia is partially mapped and only the southern tip of Tasmania appears. Each hemisphere includes a strap work cartouche, with the French title, Nouveau Carte du Monde, in the Eastern Hemisphere. Superb engravings surround the map with representations of the gods Apollo and his sister Diana representing day and night with four female allegories of the elements of Fire, Air, Water, and Earth.
References: Shirley #417.
A dark impression with marginal soiling, a couple of tiny chips in the corners of the sheet, and the centerfold is reinforced with paper tape on verso, repairing a separation and adjacent tear at bottom.