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Auction 99, Lot 19

"Die Ebbe und Fluth auff einer Flachen Landt-Karten furgeselt fürgestelt", Happel, Everard Werner

Subject: World

Period: 1675 (published)

Publication: Relationes Curiousae…

Color: Hand Color

11.2 x 8 inches
28.4 x 20.3 cm

This is one of the earliest thematic maps of the world. The ocean currents are graphically depicted and although conjectural, the map is the first serious attempt to portray scientific phenomena based on the reported findings of seaman. Four curious tracks, perhaps denoting subterranean tunnels, link the Black and Caspian Seas, the Caspian Sea with the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean with the Red Sea, and most interestingly the Atlantic with the Pacific through the Isthmus of Panama. The landmasses are marked with the locations of the several live volcanoes. Noted as scarce by Shirley.

References: Shirley, #468; Robinson, p. 46-47.

Condition: B

Binder's trim at lower left just affecting the latitude markings outside neatline. Couple of printer's creases at right.

Estimate: $2,300 - $2,500

Sold for: $2,400

Closed on 6/12/2002