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Auction 96, Lot 21

"Planisphaerium Terrestre cum…", Anon.

Subject: World

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.9 x 7.4 inches
22.6 x 18.8 cm
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Small and very decorative double hemisphere map. CALIFORNIA IS DEPICTED AS AN ISLAND with a flat northern coast. Australia includes the western and northern coasts and the discoveries of Van Diemen. There are numerous Pacific islands including much of the western coastline of New Zealand. Five astronomical diagrams decorate the top of the map. At the base are a pair of globes and an armillary sphere, which is surrounded by putti using a variety of scientific instruments. The background is taken from a map by Homann displaying natural phenomenon such as volcanoes, earthquakes, water spouts and a rainbow. The map was included in a geography book as the upper margin includes "Tab. I. Ad Geograph. et Astron." Imprints at bottom are "designe par le Conducteur Richter" and "grave a Leipzig par Bernigeroth le fils". None of these names appear in Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers.

References: Not listed in Shirley.

Condition: A

Trimmed lower left margin (1/8") for binding with tiny binding tear professionally repaired.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,100

Sold for: $850

Closed on 9/12/2001