Item 1993-005-8 - Map of the World

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Map of the World

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CA UVICARCH SC017--1993-005-8

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[ca. 1:60,000,000]

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  • 1663-1680 (Creation)

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1 map : colour ; 31 x 45 cm

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1 leaf engraved, with original outline and wash colour double hemisphere map consisting of two circles joined at the sides, with two additional smaller circles at the top and bottom centre(between the two larger circles), containing the orbits of the planets -with a border of astrological signs. The remainder of the leaf is illustrated with allegorical scenes. The coastline of North America is not drawn above California, New Zealand coast is deficient, Australian coast is deficient and attached to New Guinea. Visscher/Stupendahl Rotterdam 1663, 1680 or later-corresponds to description of 1663 version in Shirley, 431. Removed from a
Dutch Bible. 12x17.5".

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Double hemisphere map of the world. Includes two astronomical charts of the North and South poles. Includes vignettes in each corner, possibly representing the four continents, North America, South America, Eurasia and Africa. At top left is a European style figure surrounded by musical instruments and domesticated animals. At top right is a female figure surrounded by a camel, elephant and other animals. At bottom left are African or Indian figures with a dog, alligator and lion seen. At bottom right is an allegorical female figure with figures in rowboats, and a breastfeeding woman seen, along with a dragon.

Text on verso: "Korte Befchrijvinge van de Lantfchappen des Werelts ..."

Originally a map by Daniel Stoopendaal, titled "Werelt Caert" after one by Visscher from 1663. Used in Bibles published by the Keur family. After 70 years, when the plates became worn, they were re-engraved by Jan van Jagen, with some corrections.

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