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  WORLD 
 World Maps 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [A fabulous example of Blaeu's famous carte à figures world map]
Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula. Amsterdam, c.1635, French text edition. Fine original colour. 410 x 540mm.
Shirley describes this world map as a 'classic single-sheet world map on Mercator's projection... celebrated as one of the supreme examples of the map maker's art'. It set the standard for vignette borders, with allegorical figures representing the sun, moon & known planets along the top, the Four Elements on the left, the Four Seasons on the right, and depictions of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World along the bottom. There are decorative cartouches for the title, dedication and explanation, two spheres for the north and south poles, compass roses and numerous galleons and sea monsters. Engraved by Josua van den Ende and originally issued separately in 1606 (under Blaeu's original name of Janszoon), this example comes from the fourth state, which dates from its use in Blaeu's atlases from 1630, with the first French edition issued 1635. As the earlier states were separate issues they are increasingly difficult to find. SHIRLEY: World 255.
[Ref: 18589]    £14,000.00 ($16,926 • €15,274 rates)


MERIAN, Mattheus. [Merian's planisphere world map]
Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula. Frankfurt, 1638. Coloured. 270 x 360mm.
A map of the world on Mercator's Projection, reduced from Blaeu's planisphere by Merian, with polar spheres in the bottom corners. California is still a peninsula at a time when most maps were showing it as an island; 'Magallanica' stretches across the bottom of the map, with the promontory marked 'Beach' in Indonesia; and the mythical island of Frisland sits beneath Iceland. SHIRLEY: 335.
[Ref: 18786]    £1,250.00 ($1,511 • €1,364 rates)


VISSCHER, Claes Janszoon. [A world map with portraits of the Twelve Cæsars]
Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula. Amsterdam, 1652. Original colour. 445 x 560mm. Restoration to margin and centre fold.
This magnificent planisphere manages to include 30 separate illustrations in its panels. Along the top and bottom are equestrian portraits of the Twelve Cæsars of Tacitus. The four corners feature female allegorical figures of the Continents, with Europe as a shepherdess, Asia seated on a camel, Africa on a crocodile and America on an armadillo! The left border has prospects of Rome, Amsterdam, Jerusalem and Tunis, interspersed with illustrations of European, Asian and African dress. The right border is given over completely to America: the prospects of Mexico City, Havana, Pernambuco and Todos os Santos Bay are separated by vignettes of North American natives, South Americans and the giants of the Magellan Strait. Originally published in 1639, most of the cartography has been copied from Blaeu, although Arctic America has been extended, as has the St Lawrence River. This state has the date 1652, the year of Visscher's death, added. SHIRLEY: 350.
[Ref: 17720]    £20,000.00 ($24,180 • €21,820 rates)


LOON, Jan van. [Scarce 17th century double-hemisphere world map from 'The English Atlas']
Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accuatissima Tabula. Oxford: Moses Pitt, Steven Swart & Jan Jansson van Waesbergen, 1680, blank verso. Coloured. 480 x 565mm, with wide margins. Minor restoration at centrefold.
Double-hemisphere world map decorated with allegorical figures of the Elements in the corners. Originally published in Amsterdam in 1666, this example comes from the uncommon English edition, re-engraved with a dedication to Charles II in the lower cusp. Jan Jansson à Waesberg, the original publisher, went into partnership with two English publishers, Pitt and Swart, to produce an twelve-volume 'English Atlas' to compete with Blaeu's. Between 1680 and 1683 four volumes of the atlas and the text for the fifth were printed in Oxford, but the mounting costs were too much. Production ceased, and for a time Pitt was locked up in the Fleet Prison for debt. SHIRLEY: 505, & 439 for the first state.
[Ref: 18726]    £6,000.00 ($7,254 • €6,546 rates)


DU VAL, Pierre. [17th century double hemisphere map of the world]
Planisphere, ou Carte Generale du Monde. Paris, 1668. Original colour. 335 x 590mm. Slightly trimmed into lateral borders, restored with new margins.
A fine French double-hemisphere world map, engraved by Louis Cordier and first published in Du Val's 'Cartes de Géographie' in 1666. The upper corners and cusp are filled with a compass rose, wind rose and a diagram of the solar system; the lower corners have a globe and armillary sphere, with an armorial in the lower cusp. On the map California is an island, the Great Lakes are open-ended in the west and there is a hint at a North-West Passage; New Zealand is part of the Great Southern Continent; western Australia is an odd shape; and 'Jesso' fills the North Pacific. SHIRLEY: 441. Second State
[Ref: 19004]    £1,850.00 ($2,237 • €2,018 rates)


DE WIT, Frederick. [A Dutch World map with superb decorative borders]
Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem Edita. Amsterdam, 1675. Original colour. 465 x 540mm. Minor reinforcements to verdigris cracks on verso
An exquisite seventeenth century map of the world in double-hemisphere, with two further spheres showing the northern and southern hemispheres and cherubs in the cusps. The four corners are taken up with vignettes of the seasons, each with references to the Elements and the Zodiac. The first state of the map was issued c.1670, but the cherubs in the cusps and the engraved border mark this as the second state. Another plate replaced it in 1680. SHIRLEY: World 451 - ''one of the most attractive of its time... one of the finest that is relatively easily obtainable by the map collector'.
[Ref: 17451]    £6,000.00 ($7,254 • €6,546 rates)


KIRCHER, Athanasius. [The world after the biblical Flood]
Geographia Conjecturalis de Orbis Terrestris Post Diluvium Transformatione ex Variorum Geographorum Sententia cui Author Subscribit. Amsterdam: Jansson van Waesburge, 1675. 350 x 490mm. Repairs to binding folds and small tears. Strong impression.
An unusual map of the world, published not in an atlas but in Kircher's 'Arca Noë', an analysis of the world before, during and after the Flood. Here Kircher conjectures which parts of the world were flooded, including Atlantis is the middle of the Atlantic. SHIRLEY: 470.
[Ref: 16895]    £750.00 ($907 • €818 rates)


ALLARD, Carel. [A scarce 17th century separate-issue world map with side panels]
Novissima Totius Orbis Tabula, per Carolum Allard. Amsterdam, c.1683. Fine original colour. Map 500 x 580mm, with side panels pasted on, total size 500 x 900mm. A few small repairs.
A very fine 17th century double-hemisphere world map, with two further spheres in the cusps showing the two poles. The four corners are taken up with vignettes of the seasons, each with references to the Elements and the Zodiac. The side panels contain an extensive gazetteer, with a lettered key relating to the longitude and latitude grid. Carel Allard (1648-c.1706) did not issue an atlas until 1696 by which time he had replaced this map. SHIRLEY: 517, with a rarity rating of 'S' for scarce; however he does not mention these side panels.
[Ref: 18889]    £15,000.00 ($18,135 • €16,365 rates)


DANCKERTS, Justus. [A superbly-decorated 17th century double-hemisphere world map]
Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula. Amsterdam, c.1685. Original colour. 490 x 590mm. Two pin holes in left margin, otherwise fine.
A double-hemisphere world with two polar spheres in the cusps. California is an island; the islands of 'Jedso' and 'Terre Esonis' in the north Pacific; and Australia and New Zealand are only partial outlines. The allegorical scenes in the corners feature the Four Elements: 'Earth' is represented by farming; 'Air' by birds, classical figures for the bodies of the Solar System, with signs of the Zodiac; 'Fire' by war, with a battle scene with a burning city; and 'Water' has trading ships, mer-people and a whale. SHIRLEY: 529.
[Ref: 17538]    £6,000.00 ($7,254 • €6,546 rates)


STURT, John? [A rare variant of the Speed Epitome map of the World]
A New and Accurat Map of the World. Drawne according to ye truest Descriptions latest Discoveries. Pe Kærius Cælavit. 1646. London: Charles Brome, 1691. 90 x 130mm.
At first glance the world map in the second edition of Bohun's 'Geographical Dictionary' is the one engraved by Pieter van der Keere for the 1646 pocket version of John Speed's 'Prospect of the World'. However, despite Keere's signature bottom right and identical cartography, it is a completely new plate, only apparent under very close inspection. King, in his book 'Miniature Maps' suggests the possibility that the engraver was Sturt, who engraved the frontispiece. The maps of the continents are by Morden. The text on verso compares different measurements from around the world. KING: p.35 (illus) & 116; SHIRLEY: 368, described as a later printing of the Keere plate.
[Ref: 9648]    £500.00 ($605 • €546 rates)


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