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A rare and most unusual map about which very little is known. Lacking a title or engraver's or publisher's signature, the detail reflects current thinking and the style would imply a Dutch origin. When first published the map was set against a circular background with panels of Biblical text above and below the oval map set into an elaborate strapwork background. Some of this surround survives in this example which has been cut down for publication in a London Protestant tract "Christianographie, or the Description ... of Christians in the World, not subject to the Pope ...". Geographically, the "Terra Australis Incognita" extends across the southern half of the map and other details are consistent with a c.1600 date of engraving. However, the addition of the name of "New England", not in general use until about 1620, amongst others indicates reworking and reprinting of the plate over a period of time. decoration within the map shows ships, whales and a winged sea serpent. This example is a little tatty around the edges, reflecting its ephemeral nature, but remains a most interesting and scarce example of early Dutch cartography. Laid down archivally.
region: World Maps
mapmaker: Anonymous
place and date of publication: Amsterdam? / London? c. 1600 - c. 1635
medium and colour: copperplate, uncoloured
size in mm: 200 by 365mm (7.75 by 14.25 inches).
ref: 42891
literature: R W Shirley The Mapping Of The World 224

Price: £ 1500

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