"Orbis Terrarum Tabula Recens Emendata et in Lucem Edita",
Period: 1686 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.2 x 14 inches
46.2 x 35.6 cm
Magnificent double hemisphere world map from a folio Dutch Bible published by Hendrik and Jacob Keur. Surrounded by fabulous scenes from the Visscher-Berchem map of 1658 with astronomical diagrams in place of the north and south polar circles. These classic scenes depict the abduction of Persephone, Zeus bring carried across the heavens in an eagle-drawn chariot, Poseidon commanding his entourage, and Demete receiving the fruits of the Earth. CALIFORNIA IS AN ISLAND with a flat northern coast labeled Nova Albion, and a small island at about where Alaska is located is labeled Anian. The Great Wall of China is shown in Asia. Western Australia, Van Diemens Land and New Zealand are shown with incomplete coastlines. Ref: Shirley #513. Beautiful later color & professionally repair of marginal tears and two short tears just entering the map.