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Auction 91, Lot 21

"Planisphaerium Terrestre sive Terrarum Orbis…",

Subject: World

Period: 1696 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23.5 x 20.5 inches
59.7 x 52.1 cm

A truly stunning world map. The large double hemisphere map is surrounded by eight smaller projections depicting the world from various perspectives, and four still smaller circular diagrams. Carel Allard introduced this new style of decoration, replacing the traditional baroque ornamentation of the late Dutch period with a more scientific, yet visually dramatic style. The dark cross-hatched engraved background provides a striking contrast to the finely engraved maps. This new style was copied by several early 18th century cartographers including Schenk, Homann and Lotter. The map portrays the ISLAND OF CALIFONRIA on the Sanson model, "Terra Esonis" stretching between North America and Asia, partial coastlines for New Zealand and Australia together with the confused coastlines of "Carpentaria" and "Quiri Regio". Two title cartouches, one in Latin with the other in Dutch. Ref: Shirley #578. Expert repair of small tear in lower left sphere and backed with Japanese tissue. A very fine impression with lovely later color.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 6/14/2000