5611 - 5761 FINE ARTS - FOREIGN TOPOGRAPHY. MAPS, PLANS and VIEWS
- A few (clumsily closed) sm. tears; trifle frayed.
ADDED: 1 other map with contemp handcol. borders, "Taurica Chersonesus, hodie Przecopsca et Gazara dicitur".
- Lower left corner moldy/ paper sl. brittle.
= With a decorative allegorical cartouche, showing the costumes of the indigenous people of the region. Pitt's map, first issued by Jan Janssonius in about 1657, is one of the earliest maps to include the name "Ukraine" in the title of a printed map, following shortly after the Treaty of Zboriv in 1649, based on Guillaume La Vasseur de Beauplan's map of the region published in "Description d'Ukraine". SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXX.
- One closed tear in left margin just touching the border of the western hemisphere; previously folded three times, with a few sm. holes on folds; a few vague creases.
- Both w. vertical fold; map of Europe w. sm. repaired tear along vertical fold at lower end, just touching the image and w. one sm. brown spot; map of America w. two tiny repaired tears (on verso) in right upper section of hemisphere and w. two tiny brown spots.
= Shirley 349.
= Interesting map, showing the recent discoveries made by Capt. Cook in the Pacific as well as the tracts by the European seafarers around the world.
- Three small closed tears in margins (1x on central fold) and one larger closed tear in right margin; two vague horizontal folds.
= Shirley 451, 2nd state, with the cusps filled with cherubs and with the added border. This is the second plate of c.1680 showing "Nova Guinea" and "Quiri Regio" in the outer left margin of the left hemisphere. "Whatever its precise date, De Wit's map is one of the most attractive of its time. The brilliant scenes in the corners combine images of the four seasons, the elements, and the signs of the zodiac in a well-balanced and naturalistic way."
- Yellowed/ sl. browned (left half worse); central fold strengthened on recto in lower blank margin.
= Van den Broecke 1.1; Shirley 122, state 1 of plate 1 (of 3): "Ortelius' world map is a simplified one-sheet reduction of Mercator's large world map which had appeared the year before. (...) Between the oval circumference of the map and the outer frame are now clouds, and, below, a quotation from Cicero. From surviving correspondence it is known that Mercator generously encouraged Ortelius to make use of his published corpus of research. (...) Between 1575 and 1579 the plate became cracked across the lower left-hand corner."
- Brown stain in upper right corner. Most likely mounted to passepartout.
- With a circular projection of the North Pole and a heartshaped projection of the world.
AND 2 other maps from the same publication, 1 showing oblique projections of the world and another of the North Pole.