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Auction 91, Lot 16

"Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula",

Subject: World

Period: 1640 (published)


Color: Hand Color

16.2 x 21.5 inches
41.1 x 54.6 cm

Magnificent world map on Mercator's projection. Petrus Plancius world map of 1592 was the main source of geographical information for the map. A supreme example of the mapmaker's art with carte-a-figures border depicting allegorical representations of the sun, moon, and the five known planets, the four elements and the four seasons. Along the bottom are vignettes showing the seven wonders of the world: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus over the harbor at Rhodes, the Pyramids, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus at Cairo, the Temple of Diana, the Statue of Jupiter and the lighthouse at Alexandria. The map itself is richly decorated with cartouches, sea battles, monsters and compass roses. Ref: Shirley, #25, state 4. Superb example with excellent color. Minor discoloration in margins but still fine. $10,500 RESERVE.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $12,000 - $13,000

Sold for: $21,500

Closed on 6/14/2000