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Auction 94, Lot 27

"[World]", Jagen, Jan van

Subject: World

Period: 1741 (published)


Color: Hand Color

17.9 x 12 inches
45.5 x 30.5 cm
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Beautiful double hemisphere from a Dutch Bible published by the Keur family. The map is surrounded by allegorical representations of the continents, based on Visscher. The Keur publishing family had used Daniel Stoopendahl's world map titled "Werelt Caert" for 70 years in their bibles. When the plate became worn, Jan van Jagen was commissioned to engrave a new plate. It was updated with California shown correctly as a peninsula, the addition of several Pacific islands and a corrected East Asian coastline. The northwest coast of North America is left completely blank Australia is partially mapped and there is only a hint of New Zealand. Diagrams of the Copernican and Ptolemaic solar systems rest between the hemispheres.

References: cf. Shirley #498

Condition: A

Professional repair of bottom fold, else very fine.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 3/7/2001