Auction 89, Lot 9

"Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula",

Subject: World

Period: 1646 (circa)

Publication: New Archontologia Cosmica

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.7 x 10 inches
34.8 x 25.4 cm

Beautifully engraved world map on Mercator's projection. The cartography was closely copied from Blaeu's world map of 1606. Latin title at top, outside neatline, with German script title and notation concerning the discovering of the Americas in 1492 which covers the unknown interior of North America. There is a large southern continent connected to New Guinea, California is a peninsula, and there are plenty of open ended waterways in the eastern part of North America, which leave open the question of a Northwest Passage. Two polar projections in lower corners. The map is finely decorated with sea monsters, galleons and compass roses. Ref: Shirley 345. Fine impression and attractive color. Merian's signature bottom right. Very faint toning along centerfold, still fine. $1300 RESERVE

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 12/8/1999

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