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Auction 188, Lot 2

"[Lot of 5] Planisphaerium Globi Terrestris [and] America [and] Africa [and] Asia [and] Europa", Lotter/Lobeck

Subject: World & Continents

Period: 1750 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Geographicus Portatilis

Color: Hand Color

5 x 3.8 inches
12.7 x 9.7 cm
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Charming set of miniature maps drawn by Tobias Lobeck and engraved by Tobias Conrad Lotter. Each map is minutely engraved with an incredible amount of detail for such small maps-they are almost jewel-like and have some text and details small enough to require a loupe to read.

A. Planisphaerium Globi Terrestris displays a double hemisphere world set in a minutely patterned background.
B. America delineates an expansive northwest coast of North America labeled Costa Terre Borealis incognitae that is completely blank except for a partial inland sea noted Pais du Moozemleck.
C. Africa displays typical spurious interior detail with a mass of interrelated rivers and lakes, showing the source for the Nile as two lakes in South Africa.
D. Asia presents a very up-to-date rendition of the northeast coast, with Iedso (Hokkaido) portrayed as a part of Kamchatka and a remnant of Compagnie Land still shown in the North Pacific.
E. Europa presents a good portion of Asia along with Europe, extending north to Iceland and south to the Barbary Coast of Africa.

References: King (2nd ed.) p. 171.

Condition: B+

Contemporary color with some light soiling and foxing mostly at top right. The map of the Americas has a small tissue repair on recto adjacent to Greenland.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $450

Closed on 6/22/2022