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Auction 91, Lot 17

"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita per N. Visscher",

Subject: World

Period: 1663 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 12 inches
47 x 30.5 cm

First state of this map from a Dutch Bible published by the renowned house of Elzevier. Superb 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 diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system. The northwest coast of North America is greatly exaggerated and shows California as a peninsula. Western Australia, Van Diemen's Land and a bit of New Zealand are marked. Ref: Shirley 431. Professional repair of centerfold including a tiny bit of facsimile at center, discernable only under magnification.


Condition: A

Estimate: $2,400 - $3,000

Sold for: $2,300

Closed on 6/14/2000