5829 - 5971 FINE ARTS - FOREIGN TOPOGRAPHY. MAPS, PLANS and VIEWS
- Small closed tear at both ends of middle fold; lower margins partly rather narrow; yellowed.
= De Wit's first worldmap, based on the large wallmap by Blaeu of 1648, and published in H. Doncker's De Zee-Atlas ofte Water-Wereld. Shirley 421 ("De Wit's map is one of the most decorative standard-size maps of the time and it is much less commonly found than his three other atlas world maps"). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXX.
- Unobtrusive restored spots (partly sm. wormholes) in centre of image; small closed tears at both ends of flattened middle fold.
= Impressive and decorative map, the title-cartouches (one in Latin and one in French) respectively with mythical sea creatures and plants and animals. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXX.
- Neatly backed w. laid paper; middle fold flattened; trifle spotted.
= Shirley 639: "The two main hemispheres are cartographically up-to-date and show the routes of explorers, including Magellan, Dampier, Tasman, Gaetani and Chaumont. Nova Britannia, an island separately adjacent from New Guinea, is shown with an inscription saying that it was discovered by Dampier in 1700. Encircling the hemispheres are markings of the winds and climates, and set around the border are no less than twenty-six smaller astronomical diagrams and hemispheres of the world according to different projections. In addition there are two larger celestial hemispheres and, at the bottom, a panorama illustrating tempests, earthquakes, tides, vortices, etc. Below there is textual commentary on the natural phenomena depicted." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXXI.