Auction 96, Lot 16

"Orbis Terrarum Typus De Integro Multis In Locis Emendatus", Plancius, Petrus

Subject: World

Period: 1620 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 11.1 inches
50.8 x 28.2 cm

This handsome world map, first issued in 1590, was based on Rumold Mercator's map of 1587. It incorporates the improvements made by Ortelius with a re-shaped South America and inclusion of the Solomon Islands. Plancius here introduced new information, based on Portuguese reports, on the far-west coast of America and the western coastline of Africa. Japan is shown for the first time as one small and three larger islands. This example is state 3 from a Dutch Bible with the attribution D.R.M. Mathes. It is beautifully engraved in a strapwork surround with a compass rose and armillary sphere tucked between the hemispheres.

References: Shirley #177 (noted as rare).

Condition: B

1/2" at each side has been replaced including excellent facsimile of the engraving. Despite the restoration it is a very nice, decorative example of this scarce map.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,500

Closed on 9/12/2001