World Map with Astronomical Diagrams and Illustrations of Natural Phenomena
"Planisphaerium Terrestre cum Utroque Coelesti Hemisphaerio, sive Diversa Orbis Terraquei... / Vlakke Aard-Kloot met het Beide Hemelsch Half-Rond, of de Onderscheidene Verbeelding van de Land-Water-Waereld…", Zurner/Schenk
Period: 1700 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Contractus
Color: Hand Color
22.9 x 19.9 inches
58.2 x 50.5 cm
This is a stunning double hemisphere world map with up-to-date cartography for the period. California is shown as an island with an indistinct Fretum Anian and Terra Esonis above it. There is a River of the West emptying into a small sea just northeast of California. Australia is shown to be separate from New Guinea, Carpentaria, and Diemens Land. Nova Britannia is shown as a separate island off the coast of New Guinea with the notation that it was discovered by Dampier in 1700. Several explorer's tracks are traced, including Magellan, Dampier, Tasman, Gaetani, and Charmont. The map is enclosed in broad bands containing information on the winds and climates. Tucked between the hemispheres are beautiful celestial maps and arrayed throughout the border are twenty-six smaller astronomical diagrams and world maps on various projections. At the bottom is a panorama illustrating tempests, earthquakes, tides, vortices, and volcanoes with a textual commentary on the natural phenomena depicted.
References: Shirley #639.
A sharp impression with full contemporary color on a bright sheet with minor soiling that is mostly confined to the edges of the sheet.