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Auction 192, Lot 8

Early Example of Thematic Cartography

"Tabula Geographico-Hydrographica Motus Oceani Currentes, Abyssos, Montes Igniuomos in Universo Orbe Indicans...", Zahn, Johannes

Subject: World

Period: 1696 (circa)

Publication: Mundus Mirabili…

Color: Hand Color

16.7 x 14 inches
42.4 x 35.6 cm
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This unusual map is a very scarce example of early thematic cartography. It depicts ocean currents, volcanoes and deep-sea chasms; each is marked by the appropriate symbol noted in the title cartouche. The continents are void of political detail and only major lakes, rivers and volcanoes are shown. There are prominent Northwest and Northeast Passages and a vast southern continent. The magnificently decorative title cartouche is formed within a florid pediment supported by cherubs. The map is based on Happel and Kircher's theories of 1675. Zahn was a philosopher of the Praemonstratensian order at Wurzburg who wrote a number of pseudo-scientific works.

References: Shirley #583.

Condition: A

A bright sheet with professional and nearly invisible repairs to a couple of tears in the title, worm tracks in the bottom margin, and a chip at bottom that enters 0.2" into image with a minute amount of the border replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 4/26/2023