Catalog Archive
Auction 90, Lot 11

"Orbus Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus",

Subject: World

Period: 1620 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 11.7 inches
50.8 x 29.7 cm

This rare world map, first issued in 1590, was based on Rumould Mercator's world map of 1587. It incorporates the improvements made by Ortelius with a re-shaped South America and inclusion of the Solomon Islands. Plancius here introduced new information, based on Portuguese reports, on the farwest coast of America and the western coastline of Africa. Japan is shown for the first time as one small and three larger islands. This rare example is state 3 from a Dutch Bible with the attribution D.R.M. Mathes. It is beautifully engraved in a strapwork surround with a compass rose and armillary sphere tucked between the hemispheres. Attractive later coloring. Folds reinforced with Japanese tissue on verso. Ref: Shirley #177


Condition: A+

Estimate: $5,500 - $6,500

Sold for: $4,750

Closed on 3/15/2000