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Auction 90, Lot 12

"Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro in Plurimis Emendatus Auctus et Icunculis Illustratus",

Subject: World

Period: 1657 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 12.2 inches
47 x 31 cm

Exquisitely decorated double hemisphere world map, surrounded by engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife. Visscher's decorations were so popular, they were copied by several other cartographers. Two celestial spheres are displayed in the eastern hemisphere. In the lower part of the western hemisphere is text describing the discovery of America and recent voyages of discovery. In addition, two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system are tucked between the hemispheres. The northwest coast of North America is exaggerated and shows California as a peninsula. Western Australia, Van Diemen's Land and a bit of New Zealand are marked. Ref: Shirley 414. Professionally reinforced folds on left neatline with a bit of expert facsimile. $2,000 RESERVE.


Condition: A

Estimate: $2,500 - $2,750

Sold for: $2,400

Closed on 3/15/2000