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Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula

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Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula : N. J. Visscher

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One of the finest Dutch atlas maps of the World. Claes Janszoon Visscher's map followed the style of Blaeu and others who used Mercator's rectangular projection to display the world bordered along each edge with panels of illustrations. This engraving is distinguished by the twelve Roman Emperors shown on horseback along top and lower edges; at each corner are representations of each continent with their people, animals and landscapes; and, at each side are four panels displaying towns or landscapes and three scenes of local life. The map shows no Great Lakes in North America, a conjectural, but reasonably correct Pacific coast and recent discoveries in the Canadian Arctic. Two polar projection maps occupy each lower corner, the southern being notable for the enormous landmass "Magallanica Terra Australis Incognita" stretching across the globe's southern oceans. This example has been trimmed close and has protective margins added - nevertheless a good and very attractive example of a rare "magnificently decorated" map. Sold by Nico Israel, 1971, for £220 and from the collection of Rodney Shirley.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: N. J. Visscher  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1639 - 1652
medium and colour: Copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 455 by 570mm (18 by 22.5 inches).
ref: 42549

Price: £ 10000

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