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Auction 98, Lot 11

"Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro in Plurimis Emendatus, Auctus, et Icunculis Illustratus", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1657 (circa)

Publication: Biblia…Weduwe P. Aertsz van Ravesteyn…

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 12.2 inches
47 x 31 cm
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Exquisitely decorated double hemisphere world map, surrounded by engravings including allegorical representations of the continents as well as native inhabitants and wildlife. This is Visscher's first world map to be included in Dutch Bibles and the prototype for the surrounding decorations that were copied by several other cartographers. Two celestial spheres are displayed in the Eastern Hemisphere. In the lower part of the Western Hemisphere is text describing the discovery of America and recent voyages of discovery. Two diagrams depicting the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories of the solar system are tucked between the hemispheres. The northwest coast of North America is exaggerated and shows California correctly as a peninsula. Parts of Australia and Van Diemen's Land are shown but the north coast of Australia is not depicted.

References: Shirley 401.

Condition: A

Superb impression and lovely later color. Expert repair of small 'V' shaped tear at centerfold and margins extended to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $2,300

Closed on 3/6/2002