Catalog Archive
Auction 196, Lot 9

"Orbis Vetus, et Orbis Veteris Utraque Continens, Terrarumq Tractus Arcticus, et Antarcticus ex Platone, Theopompo, sive Aeliano, Manilio &c.", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: World

Period: 1657 (dated)

Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…

Color: Hand Color

21 x 14.8 inches
53.3 x 37.6 cm
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This handsome and very uncommon double-hemisphere world map depicts the ancient world, with classical place names in the eastern hemisphere, and just a few mythical place names in the western hemisphere. The Americas are labeled Atlantis Insula Platoni. The island of California appears beneath a vast, blank, and vaguely defined northwestern landmass. The Great Lakes are open-ended, and there are spurious mountains and rivers throughout the western hemisphere. A partially delineated outline of a large Antarctic continent fills the southern hemisphere and features a quote from Marcus Manilius' Astronomica, the earliest known treatise on astrology. Australia, New Zealand, and what appears to be part of New Guinea or the Solomon Islands are also partially delineated and unnamed. This enduring map was published in subsequent editions of Sanson's atlas from 1665 to 1676 and was followed by an updated edition (dated 1679) and a derivative (first published 1694). Engraved by Jean Somer Pruthenus ("the Prussian").

References: Pastoureau, SANSON V A [98]; Shirley #400; Wagner (NW) #367.

Condition: B+

On a bright sheet with light scattered foxing. There is a small tear in the top right sheet corner and a couple of tiny holes, all of which are confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 2/7/2024