Auction 97, Lot 20

"Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula", Danckerts, Justus

Subject: World

Period: 1680 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 18.8 inches
55.4 x 47.8 cm

Splendid large double hemisphere map based on De Wit's maritime world map of 1668. The map features the ISLAND OF CALIFORNIA and open-ended Great Lakes on the Sanson model. 'Hollandia Nova' is shown lacking the eastern and southeastern coast and Van Diemen's discoveries are shown in Tasmania and New Zealand. Above and below the map are polar projections, with only the tip of South America shown in the Antarctic sphere. Lively allegorical scenes representing the four elements surround the map. Fire is depicted by a fierce battle scene; air by the heavens; water by ships, Neptune with his entourage and a fantastic spouting whale; and earth with harvesting and husbandry. This is Danckerts first of two similar maps, with geography identical to De Wit's original.

References: Shirley #495.

Condition: B

Expertly repaired centerfold including a few small tears horizontal to fold, now barely visible. Margins have been trimmed with some restoration, but still adequate for framing. A nice decorative example of this uncommon map.

Estimate: $4,750 - $5,500

Sold for: $3,750

Closed on 12/5/2001